Otis Rush

While critics and fans have long appreciated Otis Rush's role in the founding of West Side Chicago blues, fame has eluded the bluesman for most of his career.

“If there were any justice,” wrote Bill Dahl in the San Francisco Chronicle, “guitarist Otis Rush would occupy the same exalted position ... as his longtime friend Buddy Guy.” Rush first came to the public's attention when Cobra Records released “I Can't Quit You Baby” in 1956, introducing the minor key song with jazz flavorings onto the blues scene. But although Rush's musical career has been plagued with bad luck and record deals gone sour, he continues undaunted.

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