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Johnny Otis

Biography

Regarded by many to end up being the Godfather of Rhythm and Blues, Otis was an R&B singer, composer, and musician who documented the #1 strike “Willie as well as the Hand Jive” in 1958. He started playing music when he was an adolescent, acquiring a couple of drums. His initial music group was the Western world Oakland Houserockers. He previously his very own radio present in Berkeley, California. He wedded his wife Phyllis in 1941. He was the daddy of Shuggie Otis.

Quick Facts


Full Name Johnny Otis
Date Of Birth December 28, 1921
Died January 17, 2012, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Vallejo, CA
Profession Blues Singer
Nationality American
Spouse Phyllis Otis
Children Shuggie Otis
Parents Alexander J. Veliotes, Irene Kiskakes
Siblings Nicholas A. Veliotes, Dorothy Veliotes
Awards Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
Movies Billy Jack
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1Otis's younger brother, Nicholas Veliotes, was the American Ambassador to Jordan (1978-1981) and to Egypt (1984-1986).
2Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 (under the category Non-Performer).
3Father of blues artist/composer, Shuggie Otis.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Aquarius2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
WPC 562015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dallas Buyers Club2013writer: "Purple", "Sweet Thang"
Magic CityTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Call the Midwife2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
Married Life2007writer: "All Nite Long"
I Build the Tower2006Documentary performer: "Harlem Nocturne"
Crossing Jordan2003TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dahmer2002writer: "Every Beat of My Heart"
Telling Lies in America1997writer: "Willie and the Hand Jive"
Primal Fear1996performer: "Don't Deceive Me Please Don't Go"
The Shawshank Redemption1994"Willie and The Hand Jive"
Milk Money1994"Willie And The Hand Jive"
Little Big League1994writer: "WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE"
Sister Act1992writer: "Roll With Me Henry"
The Delinquents1989writer: "Roll With Me Henry" - as Otis
Heart of Dixie1989writer: "Willie and the Hand Jive"
Last Exit to Brooklyn1989performer: "Because I Love My Baby So", "Harlem Nocturne", "Love Will Break Your Heart for You" / writer: "Because I Love My Baby So", "Love Will Break Your Heart for You"
Back to the Future1985writer: "THE WALLFLOWER DANCE WITH ME HENRY" 1955
Get Crazy1983performer: "Harlem Nocturne"
The Bay City Rollers Meet the Saturday Superstars1978TV Movie writer: "Willie and the Hand Jive"
American Hot Wax1978performer: "Willie and the Hand Jive" / writer: "Willie and the Hand Jive"
Play Misty for Me1971performer: "Willie and the Hand Jive" - uncredited / writer: "Willie and the Hand Jive" - uncredited
Shindig!1964-1965TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Juke Box Rhythm1959performer: "Willie and the Hand Jive" - uncredited / writer: "Willie and the Hand Jive" - uncredited
The Big Record1957TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dance with Me, Henry1956lyrics: "Dance With Me, Henry" / music: "Dance With Me, Henry"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Billy Jack1971Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Juke Box Rhythm1959Johnny Otis

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2012TV Movie in memoriam
I Build the Tower2006Documentary and thanks to

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Play Misty for Me1971Himself (uncredited)
The Johnny Otis Show1954TV SeriesHimself / Host

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: 50s & 60s Rock Rewind2014TV MovieHimself

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