Some of the R&B bandleader's earliest and best work (1945-51) for Savoy. The cast includes singers Little Esther and Mel Walker, The Robins, and guitarist Pete Lewis.
Born: December 28, 1921 in Vallejo, CA
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s
Johnny Otis modeled an amazing number of contrasting musical hats over a career spanning more than half a century. Bandleader, record producer, talent scout, label owner, nightclub impresario, disc jockey, TV variety show host, author, R&B pioneer, rock & roll star — Otis answered to all those descriptions and quite a few more. Not bad... Full bio