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Otis Blackwell (1931–2002)

Otis Blackwell was a songwriter whose works included "Great Balls of Fire", "Fever", "Don't Be Cruel" and "All Shook Up". Born in Brooklyn in 1931, he grew up obsessed with the movies of Tex Ritter. After briefly singing in blues clubs, he signed with RCA in 1952 as a songwriter. With the royalties he collected from his songs, including those ... See full bio »


(age 71) in Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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 2007 FEVER: The Musical (Video short)
 1993 Madonna: Fever (Video short) (as J. Davenport)
 1992 Billy Joel: All Shook Up (Video short)
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I wrote my songs, I got my money and I boogied.


He wrote more than 1,000 songs that were recorded by performers such as Ray Charles, Billy Joel, The Who, James Taylor, Otis Redding, Peggy Lee and Jerry Lee Lewis. Some of Blackwell's other credits include "Great Balls of Fire" and "Breathless", both recorded by Lewis; "Handy Man" by Taylor; "Fever" by Lee; "Daddy Rolling Stone" by The Who; and "Return to Sender", "Don't Be Cruel," and "All ... See more »

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