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Shuggie Otis

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Shuggie Otis, born 1953, is the son of Johnny Otis, a rhythm and blues musician. He started performing in his youth and released his first record in 1970. He not only writes songs, but also plays guitar, piano, organ, and bass. He has recorded with Frank Zappa, Al Kooper, Etta James, and Eddie Vinson, and more recently Mos Def.

The Brothers Johnson’s version of his composition “Strawberry Letter 23” reached #1 in the Billboard rhythm and blues chart and #5 in the Billboard pop chart in 1977.

Shuggie’s albums include: “Here Comes Shuggie Otis”, “Freedom Flight” and “Inspiration Information”.

In 2001 David Byrne rereleased the album “Inspiration Information” on Luaka Bop.

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