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ACL Live Shot: Shuggie Otis
Three need-to-knows about the South Central R&B legend
DAILY Music  October 7, 2013, by Tim Stegall
"...He walked onstage in a well-tailored, elegant black suit, oversized shades, and slicked-back hair, looking like he could be Prince’s father. Once he strapped on his black Les Paul and began leading his equally dapper band through its opening changes, you realized 59-year-old Shuggie Otis is truly the bridge between Prince and Sly Stone...."

Strawberry Letter 23
Cult soulman/guitarist Shuggie Otis returns from decades of mystery
Music Story  July 9, 2015, by Thomas Fawcett
"...That's the shorthand most commonly thrust upon L.A.'s Shuggie Otis, who released three kaleidoscope albums of blues, funk, and psychedelic soul in the early Seventies – each more layered, experimental, and acclaimed than the last – all before his 22nd birthday. For nearly 40 years afterward, he didn't release a single piece of new music and was rarely heard from at all..."

Strawberry Letter 22 …
Our 2001 review of Shuggie Otis' Inspiration Information
DAILY Music  July 10, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...This week's issue features a great interview with Shuggie Otis by Thomas Fawcett. In 2001, Luaka Bop reissued an album's worth of songs by Otis that launched his comeback...."

Johnny Otis The Johnny Otis Rhythm & Blues Caravan: The Complete Savoy Recordings (Savoy Jazz)
Reissues
Music Review  May 19, 2000, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Johnny OtisThe Johnny Otis Rhythm & Blues Caravan: The Complete Savoy Recordings (Savoy Jazz) Although generally best known to the masses for his 1958 hit with the Bo Diddley beat, "Willie and the Hand Jive," Johnny Otis has had a remarkable career. For more than 50 years, Otis has been a drummer, vibraphonist, bandleader, record producer, talent scout, label owner, nightclub impresario, disc jockey, TV variety-show host, author, rock & roll star, painter, and entrepreneur in the health-food business..."

The Mighty Hannibal Sees All
The Atlanta soul man has stories to tell, and who cares if they're true?
DAILY Music  August 27, 2008, by Thomas Fawcett
"...Mighty Hannibal: During the time I started out singing was with the Johnny Otis Orchestra in Los Angeles. I used to Jimmy Shaw but at that time there was a flood of Jimmys..."

Shuggie Otis
Music Story  October 4, 2013, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Shuggie OtisInspiration Information/Wings Of Love (Epic/Legacy)..."

Etta James The Chess Box (MCA/Chess)
Music Review  December 15, 2000, by Margaret Moser
"...Etta JamesThe Chess Box (MCA/Chess) Johnny Otis hired 16-year-old Jamesetta Hawkins as a singer in 1954 after she lied about her age and forged her mother's signature for permission to tour. Within a year, her self-penned "answer song" to Hank Ballard & the Midnighters' "Work With Me Annie" was the bawdy "Roll With Me Henry" and hit the R&B charts, even though a sanitized "Dance With Me Henry" by Georgia Gibbs achieved greater popularity..."

Shuggie Otis
Music Review  July 13, 2001, by Kate X Messer
"...Shuggie Otis Inspiration Information (Luaka Bop/Virgin)..."

Hot Line to Jesus
Edison's Speaking Phonograph
Music Story  August 28, 1998, by Jay Hardwig
"...It's the end of the lunch hour, and I'm sitting at the Texicalli Grill, waiting to talk to owner Danny Young, to find out about his love for his jukebox. He's got a good box - from Johnny Otis to Link Wray, Judy Garland to Laika and the Cosmonauts - but it's not on right now..."

Who Let the Dogs Out?
A playlist for the dog days of summer
Music Story  July 16, 2015, by Raoul Hernandez, Kahron Spearman, Jim Caligiuri, Doug Freeman, Michael Toland, William Harries Graham, Tim Stegall, Marc Savlov, Jay Trachtenberg, Abby Johnston, Greg Beets, Margaret Moser, Thomas Fawcett, Neph Basedow and Kevin Curtin
"...Credited to his best friend, saxophonist Preston Love, impresario Johnny Otis recorded this funky, two-sided instrumental of unadulterated L.A. R&B sans Mr..."

Critics Poll
Music Story  January 4, 2013
"...Peter Bergman, Dave Brubeck, Richard Dorsett, Brent Grulke, Etta James, Johnny Otis, Ravi Shankar (Trachtenberg)..."

Day Trippin'
More day parties than you can shake an iPhone at
DAILY Music  March 11, 2008, by Audra Schroeder
"...(1), Headlights (1:45), Bowerbirds (2:30), Hey Willpower (3:15), the Death Set (4), Panter (4:45), Let's Go to War (5:30) Red Eyed Fly: Little Radio/Noisepop 2008 present Brazos (11:40am), Explorer's Club (12:10), Tom Freund (12:50), Brothers & Sisters (1:30), Foreign Born (2:10), Two Gallants (2:50), Restaurant (3:30), White Denim (4:10), Die! Die! Die! (4:50), Octopus Project (5:30) Lovejoys: Business Deal Records/KOOP present Fishboy, Count Dracula's Weed Smuggling Jam Engine, Pataphysics, Charles Potts Magic Windmill Band, Shapes Have Fangs (noon) THURSDAY 13 French Legation Museum: Other Music presents Bodies of Water (1pm), J Mascis (2), These New Puritans (3), Mika Miko (4), Jay Reatard (5), Times New Viking (6) Threadgills World HQ: 6th Annual Ice Cream Social with Roky Erickson, Thurston Moore, The Black Angels, And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, The Golden Dogs (1pm, $20 in advance) Volume Night Club: Paste/Stereogum present My Brightest Diamond (noon), Nada Surf (1pm), Destroyer (2), Color Revolt (3), Delta Spirit (4), Peter Moren (5) RSVP Bourbon Rocks: Transmission Entertainment presents Gran Ronde (noon), the Lemurs (1), Film School (2), Blacklist (3), Brazos (4) Jovita's inside: Twangfest with Amy Lavere (noon), Black Diamond Heavies (1), David Bazan (2), Ha Ha Tonka (3), Scott H. Biram (4), Legendary Shack*Shakers (5); outside: Otis Gibbs (noon), This Is American Music Revue featuring Grand Champeen, Two Cow Garage, Glossary, the Drams (12:30), Gentleman Auction House (2:30), Pattern Is Movement (3:30), So Many Dynamos (4:30), Deer Tick (5:30) RSVP Free Yr Radio Broadcast Corner (7th & Red River): the Raveonettes (11am), Jesca Hoop (noon), Sons & Daughters (1:15), DeVotchKa (2:30), Jim Noir (3:30), Cloud Cult (4:30), the Rascals (5:45) Obsolete Industries: Aliens (7pm), Half Japanese (8) Emo's Lounge: Brooklyn Vegan presents the Mae Shi (noon), Muggabears (12:45), Grand Ole Party (1:30), Eugene Mirman (2:15), Team Robespierre (2:30), Parts & Labor (3:15), Genghis Tron (4), Clid Beaks (4:45), Fleet Foxes (5:30); Emo's Annex: Ting Tings (11:30am), Dawn Landes (12:15), Peter Moren (1), No Kids (1:45), Why? (2:30), Men (3), Lykke Li (3:30), Phosphorescent (4:30), Holy Fuck (5:20) FRIDAY 14 Free Yr Radio Broadcast Corner (7th & Red River): White Williams (11am), Dizzee Rascal (11:45), the Duke Spirit (1pm), She & Him (2:15), Billy Bragg (3), Darondo w/ Nino Moschella (4:15), Carbon/Silicon (5:30) Volume Night Club: Paste/Stereogum present Lightspeed Champion (noon), the Weakerthans (1), Kaki King (2), Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin (3), Liam Finn (4), the Whigs (5) RSVP French Legation Museum: Other Music presents Phosphorescent (1pm), Grand Archives (2), Portastatic (3), Yo La Tengo (4), Atlas Sound (5), Shearwater (6) Brush Square Park: Aussie BBQ with Kate Bradley (12:15pm), Yves Klein Blue (12:50), the Chevelles (1:25), the Vines (2), the Stems (2:40), Mink (3:15), Paul Kelly (3:50), Ash Grunwald (4:25), Whitley (5), the Panics (5:35), Something with Numbers (6:10), Old Man River (6:50) United States Art Authority: Kemado Records presents Children (2), Saviours (3), Black Moth Super Rainbow (4), Howlin' Rain (5), the Sword (6) Home Slice Pizza (1415 S..."

Earth, Wind, & Honeycut Makin' the Cut
SF electronico madmen Honeycut rock the SX soulfully.
DAILY The Gay Place  March 15, 2007, by Kate X Messer
"...Honeycut. Hmmm as in how they spiral slice ham? When I gave these dudes a "Sleeper" in last week's Chronicle and compared lead singer Bart Davenport's velvet vocals to Shuggie Otis, I had no idea that the damn band covered "Strawberry Letter 23," I swear..."

Sweet Soul Music
Sweet Soul Music
Music Review  April 14, 2006, by Raoul Hernandez
"...In His Hands (Astralwerks), the singer is gospel. Will Oldham's title track, written from Staton's abused past, leaves no emotion unwrenched, while the 66-year-old belter's own devotionals sit upright amongst rarifieds like Charlie Rich's heart-rending "You Never Really Wanted Me." Sugar Pie DeSanto, Oakland's enduring monument to R&B, made her splash in the mid-Fifties when soul man Johnny Otis busted out her vinyl debut..."

Central Avenue Sounds (Rhino)
Box Sets
Music Review  December 17, 1999, by Harvey Pekar
"...Many popular R&B performers got their start in L.A. and are heard here, including Roy Milton, Joe Liggins, Cecil Gant, Charles Brown, and Johnny Otis, who actually was of Greek descent..."

Wednesday Picks & Sleepers
Wednesday night SXSW blurbs
Music Story  March 14, 2014
"...8pm, Lucille London duo Cloud Boat, comprising Sam Ricketts and Tom Clarke, pay homage to the dreamy electronica of their countryman James Blake. The pair's debut, the very mellow Book of Hours (Apollo), makes ambient sounds for an intimate pub or rainy-afternoon lounge, evidence of London's musical terroir. Melanie Haupt Milo & Otis..."

Chairman of the Board
Antone's Blue Monday boss Derek O'Brien keeps the music alive and blue
Music Story  April 25, 2014, by Margaret Moser
"...He's produced dozens of bluesmen and women, not only Cotton, but Matt Murphy, Miss Lavelle White, Snooky Pryor, Jimmy Rogers, and – like new Austin guitar-slinger Jake Langley (see "Eruption," March 28) – Pinetop Perkins. Working with Albert Collins, Otis Rush, and Hubert Sumlin reaped dividends, while his stewardship of a 2007 Jimmy Reed tribute by Jimmie Vaughan and Omar Dykes remains an Austin blues essential...."

Heart and Soul
Lengthy Q&A with Huey Lewis
DAILY Music  October 25, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"...That was awesome.” It was a different ball game, but that’s what we listened to. When Otis [Redding] played Winterland, forget it..."

Reissues
Music Story  July 28, 1995
"...Originally released on United Artists for the folkie crowd, this is partly a live recording from Carnegie Hall in 1959, but mostly a 1961 studio date. Waters sings on only a few tracks and these lackluster performances with his band, including James Cotton and Otis Spann, show that the cultured shrine of Carnegie Hall is a long, long way from rowdy exuberance of Chicago's southside dives..."

Public Enemies
Michael Mann's film is a human-scale biopic of the gangster folk hero John Dillinger.
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Film Review  July 3, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...Fans of Mann's masterful Heat might have hoped for another cat-and-mouse game, but the story (by Mann, Ann Biderman, and Ronan Bennett, adapted from Bryan Burrough's nonfiction book) is too blocky for sustained dramatic tension, and Bale, as with other seemingly essential supporting players, drops in and out of the action erratically. The title's pluralization aside, this is Dillinger's show and Depp's, and the actor does some cheeky, exhilarating work when he is all cockiness and resolve, as with the first on-camera heist, scored brilliantly to bluesman Otis Taylor's kicky "Ten Million Slaves" (though it should be said that the film's sound mix awkwardly foregrounds music and artillery, giving short shrift to dialogue) and later in a bravura sequence that charts a captured Dillinger's nighttime transfer to an Indiana jail, then to a holding pen, which he shanghais for an impromptu press conference, and ends in a jailbreak that is simply and thrillingly rendered..."

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