PRICE: $31.00
LOW STOCK LEVEL
1-2 Weeks
Disc 1
01 00 :53
02 01 :03
03 01 :00
05 01 :02
06 01 :01
07 00 :57
09 01 :01
10 01 :04
12 01 :00
Disc 2
17 01 :03
18 01 :02
19 01 :00
20 00 :58
21 01 :00
22 01 :00
23 00 :58
24 01 :00
25 01 :30
26 01 :00
27 01 :00
ARTIST
TITLE
The Greatest Show On Earth
FORMAT
2LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
DOX 830LP DOX 830LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
2/22/2010

"A key figure in the rise of early rock & roll and R&B, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Johnny Otis, was not only a drummer, but also a bandleader, historic nightclub owner, talent scout and songwriter, whose career stretched over half a century: no wonder he is called 'the godfather of R&B'! These 27 vintage tracks are taken from his earliest recordings for the Excelsior and Savoy labels, just as he was beginning to rise to stardom. These early Excelsior tracks (1945-1947) feature jazz-lover Otis, playing firmly in the big-band style of the day, and although Otis was not well-know at the time, his version of 'Harlem Nocturne' became a minor hit. In 1948 Otis made history by founding the first strictly R&B club, the Barrelhouse, located in the predominately black neighborhood of Watts (Los Angeles), which soon became the premiere stage for new talent. By 1949 Otis had signed a contract with Savoy, and began recording in the R&B style. Tracks like: 'Double Crossing Blues,' 'Mistrustin' Blues,' and 'Cupid's Boogie' went straight to number one, and in 1950 alone Otis had ten singles in the R&B Top Ten! These recordings, 1945-1951, commemorate one of America's true musical talents."