Friday, January 18, 2013

Johnny Otis - Willie And The Hand Jive

"Hand Jive" is a signature song without an icon. "Johnny B Goode" will always have Chuck Berry in front of it - "Tuttu Frutti" Little Richard. Johnny Otis remains largely unknown to the collective unconscious, though he had a career that spanned R&B, Rock and Jazz, and he discovered Etta James, Jackie Wilson and rightfully promoted his son Shuggie Otis. And he wrote "Willie And The Hand Jive", a song as associated with early Rock n Roll as any other. Johnny Otis died in Los Angeles a year ago yesterday.

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