FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Johnny Otis, ‘Godfather of Rhythm and Blues,’ Dies at 90
Otis died Jan. 17th, 2012, at his home in Altadena, California.Jan 16, 2012
Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, Johnny Otis is a celebrated American blues and R & B musician. He was a painter, sculptor, author, and, until recently, the host of the Johnny Otis Show. He is author of Listen to the Lambs and his biography, Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story, was written by George Lipsitz and published in 2010.
“Society wants to categorize everything, but to me it’s all African-American music,” he told The San Francisco Chronicle in 1993. “The music isn’t just the notes, it’s the culture — the way Grandma cooked, the way Grandpa told stories, the way the kids walked and talked.”