Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Funk, Soul & Blues: Johnny Otis Show's ”Cuttin’ Up”

Johnny OtisBorn John Veliotes, December 28, 1921, in Vallejo, California, the son of Greek immigrants; married; wife’s name, Phyllis; children: John, Jr. (Shuggie); Nicky; Daryl Jon; Janice; and Laura.Co-founder of the Otis-Love Band, 1943.formed first big band in 1945; recorded first hit record, “Harlem Nocturne,” 1946; formed the Johnny Otis Show, 1948; quit touring in 1955 and became a

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