Otis Blackwell | Legendary Legend

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Legendary Legend

by Otis Blackwell

the writer of great r&r songs singing them himself
Genre: Rock: 60's Rock
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1. Fever
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2. Fever
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3. Dont Be Cruel
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4. VOICES CHATTERING
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5. Great Balls Of Fire
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6. All Shook Up
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7. Paralyzed
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8. Shadow Of Your Memory
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9. Shadow Of Your Memory
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10. Handyman
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11. VOICES CHATTERING
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12. Return To Sender
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13. The Whole Worlds On Fire
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14. The Devil Has Won
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15. VOICES CHATTERING
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16. Just Keep It Up
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17. Heartbreak Hill
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18. Breathless
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19. Extra Added Attraction
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20. Great Balls Of Fire
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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It has been widely reported that Otis Blackwell penned songs that sold over 185 million records. Even in today's overly inflationary environment the figure seems staggering.
Otis wrote songs like no one else. He pulled the artists who recorded them toward him not the other way around. His songs are as distinctive as Phil Spector's productions and less predictable than the Lieber and Stoller classics. Quite simply his best songs are about youthful explosive sexual images. Elvis Presley sounded like Otis. Otis was a black northerner reaching toward country music while Elvis was a white southerner reaching for three separate, black music art forms. When these two were coupled on vinyl the world literally shook.

Otis was a talented record producer and had a keen eye for talent. His classic recording of "Don't Let Go" with Roy Hamilton also Jimmy Jones on "Handyman" and "Good Timin" are the most successful examples. He was the first to record Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and Johnny Rivers. I once asked him what he considered his greatest accomplishment, "Producing a Mahaila Jackson Album."

What kind of person was Otis? Complex. Small in stature but hugely funny. Haunted by fire breathing demons he attempted to excise through alcohol. Obviously there were several campfires of dispair burning in his soul. Through I was a close friend, I do not claim to be able to dissect the different sources of hurt. They were real to him, emotional rather than chemical, personal rather than racial. He saw the world in fairly real terms. What he was unable to do at least in his younger years, was to comfortably fit in without inner pain. Much of his problems had to do with the IRS and so called professionals who made his life a mess


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jonaco

OTIS SINGS OTIS!
Otis Blackwell was one of the greatest rock n'roll songwriters ever, the author of monster hits for Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, even Peggy Lee. This CD, recorded in the '60s, is a great bit of truly lost n'found: "Otis Sings Otis". Produced by Brandon Harris, a passionate Blackwell fan from Maine (of all places), the collection includes his own renditions of "Fever", "Return to Sender", "Great Balls of Fire", "Handy Man", "Breathless", "All Shook Up"...whew!
This guy was a tremendous talent! He was a surprisingly great singer, too: a New Yorker who mixed hot R&B with rockabilly-country phrasing to sound uncannily like the King and others. While the arrangements and tempo are different from those gigantic hits- usually, a laid-back, pop-soul sound- this is a bona fide slice of rock n'roll history. You just might listen to those Elvis and Jerry Lee sides a whole new way when you hear these- that's how good a studio and demo singer Otis was.