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Johnny Otis (1921–2012)

Johnny Otis was involved in virtually every aspect of the music business: he was a singer, musician, composer, producer, record company owner, arranger and talent scout, among others. He helped to shape the R&B genre starting in the late 1940s and stayed involved in it for over 30 years. Otis was white, but grew up in a black neighborhood in ... See full bio »

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 2019 Granada Reports (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- 21 May 2019: Evening Bulletin (2019) ... (writer: "The Wallflower" - uncredited)
 2017 The End of the F***ing World (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (2017) ... (writer: "Sweet Thang" - uncredited)
 2016 The Man in the High Castle (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Kintsugi (2016) ... (writer: "Be Bop Baby Blues" - uncredited)
 2015 Aquarius (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Whiter Shade of Pale (2015) ... (writer: "Willie and the Hand Jive")
 2015 WPC 56 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Different Beat (2015) ... (writer: "The Wallflower" - uncredited)
 2014 LittleBigPlanet 3 (Video Game) (writer: "So Fine" - uncredited)
 2013 Dallas Buyers Club (writer: "Purple", "Sweet Thang")
  Magic City (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2012) (writer - 1 episode, 2012)
- The Year of the Fin (2012) ... (performer: "Willie and the Hand Jive") / (writer: "Willie and the Hand Jive")
 2012 Call the Midwife (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.5 (2012) ... (performer: "Theme from The Johnny Otis Show" - uncredited)
 2007 Married Life (writer: "All Nite Long")
 2006 I Build the Tower (Documentary) (performer: "Harlem Nocturne")
 2005 AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture (writer: "Willie and the Hand Jive")
 2003 Crossing Jordan (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Strangled (2003) ... (performer: "Harlem Nocturne" - uncredited)
 2002 Rumble (performer: "Willie And The Hand Jive" - as The Johnny Otis Show) / (writer: "Willie And The Hand Jive")
 2002 Dahmer (writer: "Every Beat of My Heart")
 1997 Telling Lies in America (writer: "Willie and the Hand Jive")
 1996 Primal Fear (performer: "Don't Deceive Me (Please Don't Go)")
 1994 The Shawshank Redemption ("Willie and The Hand Jive")
 1994 Milk Money ("Willie And The Hand Jive")
 1994 Little Big League (writer: "WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE")
 1992 Sister Act (writer: "Roll With Me Henry")
 1989 The Delinquents (writer: "Roll With Me Henry" - as Otis)
 1989 Heart of Dixie (writer: "Willie and the Hand Jive")
 1989 Last Exit to Brooklyn (performer: "Because I Love My Baby So", "Harlem Nocturne", "Love Will Break Your Heart for You") / (writer: "Because I Love My Baby So", "Love Will Break Your Heart for You")
 1985 Back to the Future (writer: "THE WALLFLOWER (DANCE WITH ME HENRY)" (1955))
 1983 Get Crazy (performer: "Harlem Nocturne")
 1981 Riding High (writer: "Willie And The Hand Jive")
 1978 The Bay City Rollers Meet the Saturday Superstars (TV Movie) (writer: "Willie and the Hand Jive")
 1978 American Hot Wax (performer: "Willie and the Hand Jive") / (writer: "Willie and the Hand Jive")
 1971 Play Misty for Me (performer: "Willie and the Hand Jive" - uncredited) / (writer: "Willie and the Hand Jive" - uncredited)
 1964-1965 Shindig! (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.30 (1965) ... (writer: "Willie and the Hand Jive")
- Episode #1.14 (1964) ... (writer: "Willie and the Hand Jive")
 1959 Juke Box Rhythm (performer: "Willie and the Hand Jive" - uncredited) / (writer: "Willie and the Hand Jive" - uncredited)
 1957 The Big Record (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.11 (1957) ... (writer: "Dance With Me, Henry" - uncredited)
 1956 Dance with Me, Henry (lyrics: "Dance With Me, Henry") / (music: "Dance With Me, Henry")
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Other Works:

Songwriter: Wrote "So Fine", a hit for The Fiestas. See more »

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1 Interview | 2 Articles | See more »

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Johnny Otis World

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Father of blues artist/composer, Shuggie Otis. See more »


The Godfather of Rhythm and Blues

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