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Primary Instrument: Producer

Born: December 28, 1921    

Johnny Otis - drums, piano, bandleader, producer, composer, R&B Legend!

Johnny Otis was born December 28, 1921 in Vallejo, California. He grew up in a predominantly black neighborhood in Berkeley, California, where his father owned and operated a neighborhood grocery store. He began his musical career in 1939 as a drummer with Count Otis Matthew's West Oakland House Rockers. In 1943, at the recommendation of Nat “King” Cole and Jimmy Witherspoon, he moved to Los Angeles to join Harlan Leonard's Kansas City Rockets at the Club Alabam. By 1945 he was leading his own band, and had his first big hit that year with “Harlem Nocturne”. In 1948 he joined with Bardu and Tila Ali, and Johnny Miller to open The Barrelhouse in Los Angeles, which was the first nightclub to feature Rhythm & Blues exclusively. In 1950 he had ten songs that made the Top 10 on Billboard Magazine's Best Selling Retail Rhythm & Blues Records list. With this success, he went on the road with his California Rhythm & Blues Caravan, and became the hottest musical attraction in black America. In the early 1950's, remaining active as a writer, performer, and producer, Johnny began a radio career and became one of the most popular disc jockeys in southern California. His career in radio has now spanned almost 50 years. His early radio broadcast success led to a weekly variety show on television. “The Johnny Otis Show” was on TV in Los Angeles for eight years....
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    The Greatest Johnny Otis Show

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    1998
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    The Capitol Years

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    1989
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    Start To Jump Because It's Jubilee

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    1986
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    Johnny Otis! Johnny Otis!: The 1984 Johnny Otis Show

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    1984
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    Skunk (Booty)

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    1978
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Featured recording “Live At Monterey”

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Live At Monterey

Epic/Legacy (1970)

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