iannis “johnny otis” veliotes


Johnny Otis (of Greek descent, born Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes) is one of those rhythm ‘n’ blues heroes that played an important role, was an esteemed player in his own time … but who has remained an R’n’B pioneer that never made it to megastardom, nor was he to have a second career hit like Johnny “Guitar” Watson or others had … Still, just read those first couple of lines of this wiki, and you’ll see he’s worth your listening attention … e.g. via this Ace cd. Image source: “the Dreamers visit Johnny Otis in 1954 via the Doo-Wop Society of Southern California.

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