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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
April 1958 (49 artists)
February 1950 (2 artists)
1957 (2 artists)
February 1955 (7 artists)
1968 (3 artists)
June 1957 (2 artists)
March 1959 (3 artists)
November 1950 (5 artists)
i May 1950 (2 artists)
February 1957 (4 artists)
December 1959 (2 artists)
February 1957 (2 artists)
1954 Trudy Lynn
1990 Ruth Brown
December 1957 T-Ford
October 1951 Johnny Dyer and The L.A. Jukes
January 1950 (3 artists)
April 1956 (10 artists)
September 1958 (6 artists)
September 1945 Joe Turner
December 1956 (2 artists)
November 1950 Laura B & The Moonlighters
July 1952 Knockout Greg & Blue Weather
August 1945 (2 artists)
January 1950 Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers

Covers by Johnny Otis

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

Songs written by Johnny Otis

Original songs

Title Written by Originally by Original date Covered by
Willie and the Hand Jive Johnny Otis The Johnny Otis Show April 1958 Covered by (49 artists)
Turkey Hop Ralph Bass, Johnny Otis Johnny Otis Orchestra February 1950 Covered by (2 artists)
Tough Enough Johnny Otis Johnny Otis and Orchestra 1957 Covered by (2 artists)
The Signifyin' Monkey Johnny Otis, Delmar Evans The Johnny Otis Show 1968 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)
Telephone Baby Johnny Otis The Johnny Otis Show March 1959 Covered by (3 artists)
So Fine Johnny Otis The Sheiks August 22, 1955 Covered by (33 artists)
Rockin' Blues Johnny Otis Johnny Otis Orch. with Mel Walker November 1950 Covered by (5 artists)
New Orleans Shuffle Johnny Otis, Pete Lewis Johnny Otis and His Orchestra May 1950 Covered by (2 artists)
Mumblin' Mosie Johnny Otis The Johnny Otis Show December 1959 Covered by (2 artists)
If You Ever Get Lonesome Johnny Otis, Cleo Page Preston Love and His Orchestra - Vocal Roy "Happy" Easter 1955 Covered by (3 artists)
Ice Water in Your Veins Johnny Otis The Johnny Otis Show 1990 Covered by Ruth Brown
Guitar Player Johnny Otis, Henry Stone The Evergreens October 1955 Covered by (2 artists)
Good Golly Johnny Otis The Johnny Otis Show December 1957 Covered by T-Ford
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
Every Beat of My Heart Johnny Otis The Royals 1952 Covered by (10 artists)
Double Crossing Blues Johnny Otis Johnny Otis Quintette January 1950 Covered by (3 artists)
Crazy Country Hop Johnny Otis Johnny Otis - The Johnny Otis Show September 1958 Covered by (6 artists)
Broke and Lonely Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Johnny Otis Johnny (Guitar) Watson November 1961 Covered by (4 artists)
Baby Baby Blues Johnny Otis, James McKinney Johnny Otis and His Orchestra featuring Mel Walker July 1952 Covered by Knockout Greg & Blue Weather
A Million Heartaches Ago Johnny Otis Billy Mann [US] 1956 Covered by Ronnie I's Cliftonaires

Adapted songs

Releases

Albums

Singles

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

Reported errors

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