Death of Johnny Otis

December 28, 1921 - January 17, 2012
Altadena, California | Age 90

"Godfather of rhythm and blues" dies at 90
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ROBERT JABLON, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Johnny Otis, the "godfather of rhythm and blues" who wrote and recorded the R&B classic "Willie and the Hand Jive" and for decades evangelized black music to white audiences as a bandleader and radio host, has died. He was 90.

Otis, who had been in poor health for several years, died at his home in the Los Angeles foothill suburb of Altadena on Tuesday, said his manager, Terry Gould.

Otis, who was white, was born John...

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