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Johnny Otis on the early days of R&B

Jeff Calvin, Blues Revue, April 2000

IN ADDITION to the various musical hats he's worn over the past half-century, Johnny Otis is a painter, a sculptor, a conservationist, a businessman, a politician, a husband and a father. But what makes him tick, he said over the phone from his Northern California home, is the music he loves — the soulful R&B that he helped invent.

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