Johnny Otis

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  • jazz
  • blues
  • swing
  • soul
  • rhythm and blues
Johnny Otis (born Ioannis (Yannis) Veliotes on December 28, 1921 in Vallejo, California) is an American blues and rhythm and blues pianist, vibraphonist, drummer, singer, bandleader, and impresario. Johnny Otis was one of the most prominent white figures in the history of black R&B. After playing in a variety of swing orchestras, including Lloyd Hunter's Serenaders, he founded his own band in 1945 and had one of the most enduring hits of the big band era, "Harlem Nocturne". This band played with Wynonie Harris and Charles Brown.

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Albums

The New Johnny Otis Show (1991)

Singles

Jaws / Good to the Last Drop (1975)

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