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Otha Turner (1907–2003)

Otha Turner was born in 1907 to Hollis and Betty Turner, both sharecroppers, in Jackson County, Mississippi. Turner's father left town shortly after he was born, leaving his mother to raise him and his siblings alone. He grew up helping his mother in the fields, and was often put in charge of taking care of the rest of his family. His life of hard ... See full bio »

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Gangs of New York
Gangs of New York Soundtrack
Black Snake Moan
Black Snake Moan Soundtrack
Super Size Me
Super Size Me Soundtrack
August in the Empire State
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 2006 Black Snake Moan (performer: "Granny, Do Your Dog Bite?") / (writer: "Granny, Do Your Dog Bite?")
 2004 Super Size Me (Documentary) (performer: "Shimmy She Wobble", "Station Blues") / (writer: "Shimmy She Wobble")
  The Blues (TV Series documentary) (arranger - 1 episode, 2003) (performer - 1 episode, 2003) (writer - 1 episode, 2003)
- Feel Like Going Home (2003) ... (arranger: "I Heard the Voice of Jesus", "Glory, Glory Hallelujah") / (performer: "I Heard the Voice of Jesus", "Glory, Glory Hallelujah", "Shimme She Wobble", "My Babe") / (writer: "Shimme She Wobble")
 2002 Gangs of New York (performer: "Shimmy She Wobble" - as Othar Turner) / (writer: "Shimmy She Wobble", "Late at Midnight, Just a Little 'Fore Day" - as Othar Turner)
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 2006 Wayne County Ramblin' (Video)
Papa Legba
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 2006 August in the Empire State (Documentary) (additional music)
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 2003 The Living Blues (TV Movie documentary)
 2003 The Blues (TV Series documentary)
- Feel Like Going Home (2003) ... Himself
 1993 Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music (Documentary)
Himself (as Othar Turner)
 1982 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (TV Series)
- 1509: Friends (1982) ... Himself (as Othar Turner)

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Othar Turner

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Released his first album, Everybody Hollerin' Goat, in 1997, at the age of 90.

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