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Johnny Otis (born Ioannis (Yannis) Veliotes on December 28, 1921 in Vallejo, California - died on January 17, 2012 in Los Angeles, California) was an American blues and rhythm and blues pianist, vibraphonist, drummer, singer, bandleader, and impresario. Johnny Otis was one of the most prominent white figures in the history of black R&B.

After playing in a variety of swing orchestras, including Lloyd Hunter's Serenaders, he founded his own band in 1945 and had one of the most enduring… read more

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  • Avatar for BallerCraig
    So awesome...
  • Avatar for appidydafoo
    Legendary
  • Avatar for Carlana
    http://bluesjunctionproductions.com/johnny_otis_1921_-_2012
  • Avatar for BBraveCMR
    Amazing projects from son Shuggie. OBSESSED. Such a legacy this family has. http://smarturl.it/Inspiration_Wings
  • Avatar for Re-Kramer
    R.I.P. Let's not forget this is the man who created great music, but also discovered Etta James. [3]
  • Avatar for noiresque
    R.I.P. Let's not forget this is the man who created great music, but also discovered Etta James. [2]
  • Avatar for SgtPeppers-bar
    R.I.P.
  • Avatar for evanisreallyok
    rip
  • Avatar for barryvs
    Bad day for music.
  • Avatar for KeithJones
    RIP, Johnny Otis. You played your last boogie :(

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