Johnny Otis

Born: 
12/28/1921
City: 
Vallejo
Region: 
California
Country: 
USA
Years Active: 
1930's-2000's
Genre(s): 
Instruments: 
Drums, Piano, Vibraphone, Vocals

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Johnny Otis (born Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes) is an American singer, musician, talent scout, disc jockey, composer, arranger, recording artist, record producer, vibraphonist, drummer, percussionist, bandleader and impresario. He is commonly referred to as The Godfather of Rhythm And Blues.

He is the older brother of Nicholas A. Veliotes, former U.S. Ambassador to Jordan (1978–1981) and to Egypt (1984–1986). He is also the father of famed musician Shuggie Otis.

Frank Zappa has cited Otis as the inspiration for his distinctive trademark facial hair, stating in an interview conducted by The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and Guitar Player magazine editor Don Menn, "It looked good on Johnny Otis, so I grew it."