Otis Blackwell

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Otis Blackwell

American songwriter, singer, and pianist, whose work significantly influenced rock and roll add

Category: Music

Born in 1931.

Countries: United States (78%), Turkey (11%), (11%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Jesse Stone, Carole King, Elvis Presley

Linked to: The Who, RCA

 

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Otis Blackwell was born in 1931 add something


1950

His songwriting style is as uniquely identifiable as that of Leiber and Stoller, Chuck Berry, or Willie Dixon and helped redefine popular music in America in the 1950s add something

 

Ellie Greenwich - At the ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria, which was telecast on the Fuse TV cable network, Carole King inducted Greenwich, Barry, and other songwriting colleagues from the 1950s and early 1960s, including Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Otis Blackwell , Mort Shuman and Jesse Stone

 

Cynthia Weil - At the ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria, which was telecast on the Fuse TV cable network, songwriter Carole King inducted Mann and Weil and other songwriting colleagues from the 1950s and early 1960s, including Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, Otis Blackwell , Mort Shuman, and Jesse Stone


1955

Enjoying some early recording and performing success, he found his first love was songwriting and by 1955 had settled into the groove that he would ride for decades add something


1956

His first successes came in 1956 when Little Willie John's R&B hit with the sultry "Fever" was an even bigger pop success for Peggy Lee add something

 

In 1956 Blackwell first gave "Don't Be Cruel" to friend Frankie Valli's group The Four Lovers but as they were recording it he asked to take it back and in turn gave it to an up-and-coming Elvis Presley add something

 

Tommy DeVito (musician) - Their 1956 debut single, Otis Blackwell's "You're the Apple of My Eye", achieved enough national sales to appear as a minor hit on the "Billboard" Hot 100 singles chart

 

Don't Be Cruel - "'Don't Be Cruel"'" is a song recorded by Elvis Presley and written by Otis Blackwell in 1956


1957

Thus, as co-writer as well as artist, Presley produced his ninth consecutive gold record, his first in the year 1957 add something


1959

Jimmy Jones (singer) - After recording with other groups, Jones went solo and, in 1959, teamed up with Otis Blackwell who reworked "Handy Man" which Jones recorded on the subsidiary MGM record label, Cub


1960

Twist and Shout - Derek Martin later recorded a succession of singles, mostly on the Roulette label, in the 1960s and early 1970s, including a version of Otis Blackwell's "Daddy Rollin' Stone", before moving to live in France where he has continued to perform


1980

Blackwell's crowning moment came in the late 1980s when the Black Rock Coalition, a prominent organization of black rock musicians, led by Vernon Reid, the lead guitarist of the band, Living Colour, held a tribute for him at the Prospect Park Bandshell in his native Brooklyn add something


1986

Otis Blackwell was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1986 and in 1991 into the National Academy of Popular Music's Songwriters Hall of Fame add something


1991

In 1991, Blackwell was left paralyzed by a stroke add something


1995

Debbie Harry - Harry reunited with Blondie keyboardist Jimmy Destri for a cover of Otis Blackwell's "Don't Be Cruel" for the 1995 tribute album "Brace Yourself"


2002

Otis Blackwell died in 2002 of a heart attack and was interred in Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee add something


Otis Blackwell died in 2002 add something


2010

Blackwell was named one of the 2010 recipients of Ahmet Ertegun Award in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame add something