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Otis took up drums as a teenager and later learned piano and vibraphone. Otis had no serious interest in music until the age of twenty.
Inwhile attending a Count Basie concert, Otis was so impressed by the drummer Jo Jones, that he began intensive studying of the drums. Otis made his professional debut in with the West Oakland House Rockers. Leaving Berkeley inOtis toured with several "territory bands. A trip to Chicago in October led to his band backing the Ink Spots on their worldwide tour.
That year his recording of "Harlem Nocturne" on the Excelsior label was a big enough hit to start him on a series of tours that lasted twelve years. Johnny Otis and a thirteen year old Little Esther Mel Walker, Johnny Otis, Little Esther As the big band era declined, Otis reformed his orchestra into a combo featuring twin saxophones, trumpet, trombone, with himself on the vibes.
Settling in Los Angeles inhe opened his own Barrelhouse Club. The Johnny Otis Rhythm and Blues Caravan, which crisscrossed the country, was the forerunner of the later traveling rock and roll revues. Otis recorded under his own name on the Mercury and Peacock labels.
At Dig Records - He formed Dig Records in and recorded for Capitol Records from to While not on tour himself, Otis was busy promoting many of the local dances. During the fifties Otis, a man of extraordinary talents, seemed to be everywhere. Otis' stage shows were something else. They would open with him doing a solo on the drums and vibes that would last ten minutes before the rest of the band would come on stage.
They would then be followed by a male vocalist Mel Walker who was smooth with the ballads. The show climaxed with a vocal group the HauRuck!
- Various - Zu Neuen Ufern In Alter Frische! followed by a number or two Papa San - Hippitty Hop the Otis band with Otis frantically switching back and forth from the drums and vibes.
All the while his dark Greek complexion led most in the audience to believe he was black. Otis recorded for King Records in the early '60s, seldom toured and by the mids was out of the music business and in California politics becoming deputy chief of staff for Democratic congressman Mervin Dymally.
In he autobiography Listen to the Lambs was published. Johnny Otis Show Frank Zappa convinced Otis to return to the studio and the result was the album Cold Shot for the Kent label, with his son Shuggie, on the guitar. The album's success led to a contract Leroy And The Preacher - The Johnny Otis Show Epic Records that produced Cuttin' Up. In Bruce Iglauer of Alligator records convinced Otis to record a new album.
The New Johnny Otis Show was released the following year and Otis Live!* Featuring Leroy Daniels - Sexmouth returned to touring with the new revue, performing at supper clubs and the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Leroy And The Preacher - The Johnny Otis Show hosted live revue type music at the market on weekend evenings and live broadcasts of the performances began on KPFA radio station in Berkeley, California, in Some of his works as a visual artist were published by Pomegranate Artbooks in Few people have given as much to rhythm and blues music as Johnny Otis.
He worked tirelessly to make the music accessible Хочу На ТВ (Dj Vital Rmx) - Фактор-2 - MP3 the masses, probably because as a White man who frequently passed for Black he new the culture from the inside.
And he loved it. Johnny Otis and a thirteen year old Little Esther. Otis with Little Willie John, circa