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RIP Johnny Otis

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by ifilus, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. ifilus

    ifilus Well-Known Member

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Johnny Otis, singer of the 1958 hit "Willie and the Hand Jive", has died in California at the age of 90.

    The singer also composed Etta James' first hit, "The Wallflower" which gained chart success in 1955, the 1961 hit "Every Beat of My Heart" for Gladys Knight and the Pips, and produced "Hound Dog," made famous by Elvis Presley in 1956.

  2. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    He produced the original "Hound Dog," recorded by Big Mama Thornton, but he had nothing to do with the Elvis version. Still, RIP. "Willie and the Hand Jive" is a classic.
  3. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    Doesn't really say he had anything to do with the Elvis version. Just says Elvis made the song famous, which is true.
  4. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    "and produced 'Hound Dog,' made famous by Elvis Presley in 1956."

    To me, that implies he produced Elvis' recording.
  5. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    Fair enough. It could be more clear.
  6. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Yeah, by mentioning the artist he actually produced, rather than an artist to whom he had zero connection.
  7. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    Yeah. If the writer didn't think Big Mama Thornton was well-known enough, it should have said, "the original version of Hound Dog, later made famous by Elvis Presley."
  8. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    That would have been perfect. Anyway, we're getting away from the Johnny Otis story. I just read that he once recorded a filthy blues-rock album and released it under the band title "Snatch and the Poontangs." :D
  9. ifilus

    ifilus Well-Known Member

    "The Pissed Off Cowboy" by Snatch & The Poontangs:

  10. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Read the New York Times obit the other day. Didn't really recognize the name, but what a fascinating life.
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