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Johnny Otis (Wikipedia)



Born as Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes (December 28, 1921)


Otis was the child of Greek immigrants Alexander J. Veliotes, a Mare Island longshoreman and grocery store owner, and his wife, the former Irene Kiskakes, a painter.


He was the older brother of Nicholas A. Veliotes, former U.S. Ambassador to Jordan (19781981) and to Egypt (19841986).


Otis was well-known for his choice to live his professional and personal life as a member of the African-American community. He has written, "As a kid I decided that if our society dictated that one had to be black or white, I would be black."

Harry Likas was the Technical Editor of Mark Levine's "The Jazz Theory Book" and also helped develop "The Jazz Piano Book." Find 350 of Harry's jazz piano arrangements of standards, for educational purposes, and tutoring at https://www.patreon.com/HarryLikas


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Hey Jimmy! Shuggie is still doing some stuff I heard out on the west coast. His version of Strawberry Letter 23 is still my favorite as well as Sweet Thang. I got that original on wax. Johnny was the greatest man. I'm recordings are still alive. We're loosing too many historical and archival entities. Folks who we can never replace. RIP Johnny Otis!

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