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Charles Brown - 100% match to Johnny Otis

Genres: Blues Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 September 1922, Texas City, Texas, USA, d. 21 January 1999, Oakland, California, USA. Brown’s mother died only six months after he was born and he was raised by his grandparents. Despite learning piano and church organ at the insistence of his grandparents while a child, Brown became a teacher of chemistry. In 1943, living in Los Angeles, he realized that he could ea Read more

Preston Love - 95% match to Johnny Otis

Genres: Funk
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 2000s
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26 April 1921, Omaha, Nabraska, USA, d. 12 February 2004, Omaha, Nebraska, USA. Love inherited an alto saxophone from his older brother Dude and obtained his first professional job in 1940, after which he took lessons from Illinois Jacquet’s brother Julius. Inspired further by Count Basie’s Earle Warren, Love played with Lloyd Hunter, Nat Towles and Snub Mosley bef Read more

Shuggie Otis - 91% match to Johnny Otis

Genres: Blues Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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John Otis Jnr., 30 November 1953, Los Angeles, California, USA. A precociously talented guitarist, Otis was encouraged by his dance band father, Johnny Otis, who had him playing bass and lead guitar onstage in his early teens. Johnny Otis featured him on his 1969 Kent album, Cold Shot!, and through that Al Kooper espoused his cause and recorded his debut album for CBS Record Read more

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Amos Milburn - 52% match to Johnny Otis

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 April 1927, Houston, Texas, USA, d. 3 January 1980, Houston, Texas, USA. After service in the US Navy in World War II, Milburn formed his own blues and R&B band in Houston in which he played piano and sang, and in 1946 he was offered a contract by the Aladdin label. Between November 1948 and February 1954 he and his band, the Aladdin Chicken Shackers, had an extraordin Read more

Roy Milton - 47% match to Johnny Otis

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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31 July 1907, Wynnewood, Oklahoma, USA, d. 18 September 1983, Los Angeles, California, USA. Growing up on his Chickasaw grandmother’s reservation, Milton encountered blues music when his family moved to Tulsa. In the late 20s, he was a vocalist with the Ernie Fields Orchestra; while on tour in Texas, he replaced the band’s drummer after the latter was arrested. He Read more

Richard Berry - 45% match to Johnny Otis

Genres: Doo Wop Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 April 1935, Extension, Louisiana, USA, d. 23 January 1997, USA. Berry was raised in Los Angeles, where he learned piano, playing along with the records of Joe Liggins And His Honeydrippers. In high school he formed a vocal group and began recording in 1953 under various names (the Hollywood Blue Jays, the Flairs, the Crowns, the Dreamers, the Pharaohs), as well as doing s Read more

Big Joe Turner - 43% match to Johnny Otis

Genres: Big Band & Swing Blues Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Joseph Vernon Turner, 18 May 1911, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, d. 24 November 1985, Los Angeles, California, USA. ‘Big’ Joe Turner (aka Big Vernon) began singing in local clubs in his early teens upon the death of his father, and at the age of 15 teamed up with pianist Pete Johnson. Their professional relationship lasted on-and-off for over 40 years. During the lat Read more

Pee Wee Crayton - 43% match to Johnny Otis

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Connie Curtis Crayton, 18 December 1914, Liberty Hill, Texas, USA, d. 25 June 1985, Los Angeles, California, USA. After learning to play ukulele and banjo as a child, Crayton took up the guitar in his mid-twenties. He was inspired by Charlie Christian and T-Bone Walker, the latter of whom taught Crayton the basics of electric guitar playing. His tutelage was completed at the Read more

Wynonie Harris - 40% match to Johnny Otis

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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24 August 1915, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, d. 14 June 1969, Los Angeles, California, USA. This stylish, flamboyant blues shouter enjoyed several R&B hit singles in the immediate post-war period. As a youth Harris played drums in and around his home town before moving to Los Angeles in the early 40s. There he played, danced, sang and worked in several non-musical capacities in Read more

Jimmy Witherspoon - 38% match to Johnny Otis

Genres: Blues Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Witherspoon, 8 August 1923, Gurdon, Arkansas, USA, d. 18 September 1997, Los Angeles, California, USA. Witherspoon crossed over into rock, jazz and R&B territory, but his deep and mellow voice placed him ultimately as a fine blues singer. He sang in his local Baptist church from the age of seven. From 1941-43 he was in the Merchant Marines and, during stopovers in Read more

Roosevelt Sykes - 37% match to Johnny Otis

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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31 January 1906, Elmar, Arkansas, USA, d. 17 July 1983, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Sykes learned piano at the age of 12 and by the early 20s was playing in local barrelhouses. He moved to St. Louis in 1928 and his first recordings for OKeh Records and Victor Records were made from 1929-31. During the 30s, Sykes recorded for Decca Records and acted as a talent scout for the Read more

Jimmy McCracklin - 36% match to Johnny Otis

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James David Walker, 13 August 1921, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. A former professional boxer, McCracklin began his singing career in 1945 when he recorded some demos with J. D. Nicholson on piano. Four years later he formed his own band, the Blues Blasters, in San Francisco and recorded for Modern Records. These recordings from 1948-1950 are magnificent slices of pure R&B, Read more

Clarence "Frogman" Henry - 35% match to Johnny Otis

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s
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19 March 1937, Algiers, Louisiana, USA. Henry began performing during the 50s with a New Orleans-based R&B group led by Bobby Mitchell. The singer later began work with band leader Paul Gayten who accompanied him on his 1957 smash ‘Ain’t Got No Home’. However, it was not until 1961 that ‘But I Do’ provided a follow-up to this novelty song, earnin Read more

Chuck Willis - 34% match to Johnny Otis

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
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The Clovers - 32% match to Johnny Otis

Genres: Doo Wop Easy Listening Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US R&B vocal ensemble formed in Washington, DC, in 1946, and built a career recording smooth ballads and bluesy jumps for New York independent Atlantic Records, in the process becoming one of the most popular vocal groups of the 50s. By the time the group first recorded for Rainbow Records in early 1950, the Clovers comprised John ‘Buddy’ Bailey (1930, Was Read more


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