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Johnny Otis

Johnny Otis
Aliases
Johnny Otis and His Orchestra
The Johnny Otis Show
Leon Sims with Johnny Otis Orchestra
Marie Adams - Johnny Otis and Orchestra
Real name
Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes
Born
December 28, 1921
Died
January 17, 2012
Country
United States
IPI
00023126038
Comments
Singer, musician, composer, arranger, bandleader, talent scout, disc jockey, record producer, record label owner, television show host and impresario. A seminal influence on rhythm and blues and rock and roll, Otis discovered artists such as Little Esther, Big Mama Thornton, Jackie Wilson, Little Willie John and Hank Ballard.
Member of
Snatch and The Poontangs Drums and piano (credited as "The Hawk")
Family
Shuggie Otis Son
Phyllis Otis Spouse (1941-2012)
Related
Delmar Evans Vocalist for Otis

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Originals

Title Performer Release date Covered by
January 1950 Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers
August 1945 (2 artists)
July 1952 Knockout Greg & Blue Weather
November 1950 Laura B & The Moonlighters
December 1956 (2 artists)
September 1945 Joe Turner and His Band
September 1958 (5 artists)
April 1956 (10 artists)
January 1950 (3 artists)
October 1951 Johnny Dyer and The L.A. Jukes
1990 Ruth Brown
1954 Trudy Lynn
February 1957 (2 artists)
December 1959 (2 artists)
February 1957 (4 artists)
May 1950 (2 artists)
November 1950 (5 artists)
March 1959 (3 artists)
June 1957 (2 artists)
1968 (3 artists)
February 1955 (7 artists)
1957 (2 artists)
February 1950 (2 artists)
April 1958 (49 artists)

Covers by Johnny Otis

Title Performer Release date Originally by
October 1957 The El Dorados
July 1952 Floyd Dixon
March 1959 The Johnson Brothers
1968 Ma Rainey acc. by Her Georgia Jazz Band
1992 King Oliver's Jazz Band, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
1982 Chuck Willis
1982 "Stick" McGhee and His Buddy
October 1957 The Penguins
1982 The Royals
1992 Benny Goodman Sextet
November 1945 Ray Noble and His Orchestra featuring Jack Dumont, Alto Sax
September 1956 Little Richard
1968 Tommy Tucker [US2]
October 1957 The Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
February 1958 The Orioles
1992 Count Basie and His Orchestra
October 1957 Little Richard and His Band
September 1957 Furman and Nash
1992 Rega Dance Orchestra
January 1968 Bobbie Gentry
October 1957 The Clovers
October 1957 The Platters
October 1957 Fats Domino
September 1957 Lil Green
October 1957 The Chords [US1]
October 1957 The Moonglow's
1982 The Sheiks
1992 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
January 1952 Hoagy Carmichael & His Pals
1992 Count Basie and His Orchestra
September 1957 Dinah Washington
1992 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
1958 Samuel Ash
December 1952 Joni James - Orchestra conducted by Lew Douglas
1982 Harlem Hamfats, Lil Green
1992 Adele Astaire & Eddie Foy Jr., Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra

Songs written by Johnny Otis

Original songs

Title Written by Originally by Original date Covered by
A Million Heartaches Ago Johnny Otis Billy Mann [US] 1956 Covered by Ronnie I's Cliftonaires
Baby Baby Blues Johnny Otis, James McKinney Johnny Otis and His Orchestra featuring Mel Walker July 1952 Covered by Knockout Greg & Blue Weather
Broke and Lonely Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Johnny Otis Johnny (Guitar) Watson November 1961 Covered by (4 artists)
Crazy Country Hop Johnny Otis Johnny Otis - The Johnny Otis Show September 1958 Covered by (5 artists)
Double Crossing Blues Johnny Otis Johnny Otis Quintette January 1950 Covered by (3 artists)
Every Beat of My Heart Johnny Otis The Royals 1952 Covered by (10 artists)
Feel Like Cryin' Again Rick Darnell, Johnny Otis Mel Walker with Johnny Otis Orch. October 1951 Covered by Johnny Dyer and The L.A. Jukes
Guitar Player Johnny Otis, Henry Stone The Evergreens October 1955 Covered by (2 artists)
Ice Water in Your Veins Johnny Otis The Johnny Otis Show 1990 Covered by Ruth Brown
If You Ever Get Lonesome Johnny Otis, Cleo Page Preston Love and His Orchestra - Vocal Roy "Happy" Easter 1955 Covered by (3 artists)
Mumblin' Mosie Johnny Otis The Johnny Otis Show December 1959 Covered by (2 artists)
New Orleans Shuffle Johnny Otis, Pete Lewis Johnny Otis and His Orchestra May 1950 Covered by (2 artists)
Rockin' Blues Johnny Otis Johnny Otis Orch. with Mel Walker November 1950 Covered by (5 artists)
So Fine Johnny Otis The Sheiks August 22, 1955 Covered by (33 artists)
Telephone Baby Johnny Otis The Johnny Otis Show March 1959 Covered by (3 artists)
The Night Is Young (And You're So Fine) Johnny Otis Johnny Otis and His Orchestra June 1957 Covered by (2 artists)
The Signifyin' Monkey Johnny Otis, Delmar Evans The Johnny Otis Show 1968 Covered by (3 artists)
Tough Enough Johnny Otis Johnny Otis and Orchestra 1957 Covered by (2 artists)
Turkey Hop Ralph Bass, Johnny Otis Johnny Otis Orchestra February 1950 Covered by (2 artists)
Willie and the Hand Jive Johnny Otis The Johnny Otis Show April 1958 Covered by (49 artists)

Adapted songs

Releases

Albums

Singles

Title Performer Release date Label
A Fool in Love Marie Adams - Johnny Otis and Orchestra 1958 Capitol Records
Around the Clock Wynonie "(Mr. Blues)" Harris and Johnny Otis' All Stars August 1945 Philo Recordings
Beer Bottle Boogie Marylyn Scott - The Carolina Blues Girl with Johnny Otis Orch. November 1950 Regent
Blues Nocturne Johnny Otis and His Orchestra May 1950 Savoy Records
Bring Her Back to Me Billy Robbins - Johnny Otis Orchestra December 1956 Dig Records
Call Operator 210 Johnny Otis and His Orchestra featuring Mel Walker July 1952 Mercury
Castin' My Spell The Johnny Otis Show March 1959 Capitol Records
Cock-a-Doodle-Doo Wynonie "(Mr. Blues)" Harris and Johnny Otis' All Stars September 1945 Philo Recordings
Crazy Country Hop Johnny Otis - The Johnny Otis Show September 1958 Capitol Records
Double Crossing Blues Johnny Otis Quintette January 1950 Savoy Records
I'm Gonna Latch on Marie Adams - Johnny Otis Band 1954 Peacock
Jimmy's 'Round the Clock Blues - Harlem Nocturne Jimmy Rushing accompanied by Johnny Otis, His Drums & His Orchestra - Johnny Otis, His Drums & His Orchestra November 1945 Excelsior Records
Just Like a Dog (Barking Up the Wrong Tree) Willie Mae Thornton - Johnny Otis Band February 1957 Peacock
Let the Sunshine in My Life Johnny Otis and Orchestra September 1956 Dig Records
Little Richard's Boogie Little Richard - Johnny Otis' Band April 1956 Peacock
Ma (He's Makin' Eyes at Me) The Johnny Otis Show with Marie Adams and the Three Tons of Joy September 1957 Capitol Records
Mumblin' Mosie The Johnny Otis Show December 1959 Capitol Records
Ode to Billy Joe The Mighty Flea Featured with The Johnny Otis Show January 1968 Eldo
Oopy-Doo Johnny Otis and His Orchestra January 1952 Mercury
Rockin' Blues Johnny Otis Orch. with Mel Walker November 1950 Savoy Records
Stay with Me The Johnny Otis Show September 1957 Capitol Records
Sunset to Dawn Mel Walker with Johnny Otis Orch. October 1951 Savoy Records
The Night Is Young (And You're So Fine) Johnny Otis and His Orchestra June 1957 Dig Records
This Is My Story Gene and Eunice with Johnny's Combo February 1955 Aladdin [US1]
Tough Enough Johnny Otis and Orchestra 1957 Dig Records
Turkey Hop Johnny Otis Orchestra February 1950 Savoy Records
Willie and the Hand Jive The Johnny Otis Show April 1958 Capitol Records
Wishing Well Johnny Otis and His Orchestra December 1952 Mercury

Reported errors

# Reported by Reported on Status Last update
#35913 Patrick 2008-01-19 23:36:30 UTC processed 2008-02-03 12:34:16 UTC by Denis
#43073 flip 2012-01-20 21:20:41 UTC processed 2012-10-15 15:11:33 UTC by Denis