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Johnny Otis - 100% match to Shuggie Otis

Genres: Blues Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ioannis Veliotes, 28 December 1921, Vallejo, California, USA. Born into a family of Greek immigrants, Otis was raised in a largely black neighbourhood where he thoroughly absorbed the prevailing culture and lifestyle. He began playing drums in his mid-teens and worked for a time with some of the locally based jazz bands, including, in 1941, Lloyd Hunter’s orchestra. In Read more

Cymande - 87% match to Shuggie Otis

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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This London, England-based band coined the phrase ‘nyah rock’. Their musical influences included soul, afrobeat, reggae and calypso, and they were widely considered the roots alternative to Osibisa. The variable line-up centred around the duo of Patrick Patterson (guitar, organ, vocals) and Stephen Scipio (bass), who enrolled the services of like-minded individuals in Read more

Terry Callier - 79% match to Shuggie Otis

Genres: Folk Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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24 May 1945, Chicago, Illinois, USA. A childhood friend of Curtis Mayfield’s, Callier grew up singing on the streets as a member of several rival doo-wop groups. He was first recorded by Chess Records in 1963, releasing a one-off single ‘Look At Me Now’. Recorded in 1965, his debut album for Prestige Records was delayed for almost four years when the errant pr Read more

Sly & The Family Stone - 70% match to Shuggie Otis

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This highly influential US band was formed in San Francisco, California, in 1967 by brothers Sly Stone (Sylvester Stewart, 15 March 1943, Denton, Texas, USA) and Freddie Stone (b. Frederick Stewart, 5 June 1946, Vallejo, California, USA; guitar), with Cynthia Robinson (b. 12 January 1946, Sacramento, California, USA; trumpet), Jerry Martini (b. 1 October 1943, Colorado, USA; Read more

Roy Ayers - 69% match to Shuggie Otis

Genres: Dance Disco Funk Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 September 1940, Los Angeles, California, USA. A popular jazz vibraphonist and vocalist, Ayers reached the peak of his commercial popularity during the mid-70s and early 80s, crossing over into the mainstream charts. He is also justly celebrated as an important influence on the latter decade’s acid-jazz movement.Ayers played piano as a child an Read more

Allen Toussaint - 59% match to Shuggie Otis

Genres: Blues Funk Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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14 January 1938, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. This influential artist first came to prominence in the mid-50s as the touring piano player with Shirley And Lee. The duo’s producer, Dave Bartholomew, began using Toussaint on several recording sessions, including those of Smiley Lewis and, on a handful of occasions, Fats Domino. The artist’s solo debut came in 1958 wi Read more

The Meters - 57% match to Shuggie Otis

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This fundamental quartet, Art Neville (Arthur Lanon Neville, 17 December 1937, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; keyboards), Leo Nocentelli (guitar), George Porter Jnr. (b. 26 December 1947, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; bass) and Joseph ‘Zigaboo/Ziggy’ Modeliste (drums), came together during informal sessions held in various New Orleans nightclubs. Initially known as Ar Read more

Donny Hathaway - 56% match to Shuggie Otis

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 October 1945, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 13 January 1979, New York City, New York, USA. Originally schooled in the gospel tradition, this versatile artist was raised in St. Louis and majored in musical theory at Howard University in Washington DC. He performed in a cocktail jazz trio before gaining employment as a producer with Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom Records. A duet Read more

Mavis Staples - 56% match to Shuggie Otis

Genres: Christian & Gospel Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 July 1939, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The exceptional lead voice of the Staple Singers began a simultaneous solo career when the group was signed to the Stax Records label in 1968. Here she began recording distinctly secular material including songs by Otis Redding (‘Good To Me’, ‘Security’), Sam Cooke (‘You Send Me’) and Joe Simon (‘The C Read more

Bilal - 55% match to Shuggie Otis

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s
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Bilal Sayeed Oliver, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. This talented R&B singer-songwriter and keyboard player received formal training in voice and jazz and big band arrangements at the Mannes Music Conservatory in New York. Back in Philadelphia he was encouraged to become a recording artist by brothers Fa and Damu Mtume, founders of the Moyo Entertainment label. Relocat Read more

Parliament - 55% match to Shuggie Otis

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This exceptional US vocal quintet was formed in 1955 by George Clinton (22 July 1940, Kannapolis, North Carolina, USA), Raymond Davis (b. 29 March 1940, Sumter, South Carolina, USA, d. 5 July 2005, New Brunswick, USA), Calvin Simon (b. 22 May 1942, Beckley, West Virginia, USA), Clarence ‘Fuzzy’ Haskins (b. 8 June 1941, Elkhorn, West Virginia, USA) and Grady Thomas Read more

David Axelrod - 53% match to Shuggie Otis

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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17 April 1936, Los Angeles, California, USA. Soul/jazz visionary David Axelrod has been fêted by the Verve and Radiohead, both of which has appeared on stage to his music. More intriguingly the septuagenarian producer is a curious hero of hip-hop: Lauryn Hill, Dr. Dre, Kool G Rap, De La Soul, the Beatnuts and Mos Def (amongst others) have famously sampled his music whi Read more

Marcos Valle - 53% match to Shuggie Otis

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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14 September 1943, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Following in the wake of João Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim, Marcos Valle is one of the second wave of early bossa nova composers, straddling both the traditional bossa nova world and lighter pop jazz fusion. One of Brazil’s best-known singer-songwriters, Valle has recorded numerous albums since the 60s, and his Samb Read more

Isaac Hayes - 50% match to Shuggie Otis

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 August 1942, Covington, Tennessee, USA d. 10 August 2008, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Hayes’ formative years were spent playing piano and organ in various Memphis clubs. He fronted several groups, including Sir Isaac And The Doo-dads, the Teen Tones and Sir Calvin And His Swinging Cats, and recorded a handful of rudimentary singles. However, it was not until 1964 that h Read more

Curtis Mayfield - 48% match to Shuggie Otis

Genres: Christian & Gospel Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 June 1942, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 26 December 1999, Roswell, Georgia, USA. As songwriter and vocalist with the Impressions, Mayfield established an early reputation as one of soul music’s most intuitive talents. In the decade between 1961 and 1971, he penned a succession of exemplary singles for his group, including ‘Gypsy Woman’ (1961), ‘It’s Read more


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