Otis Blackwell  (1931-2002)
Last updated: 06.04.21
According to the Internet source given below, Otis Blackwell was an American performer and songwriter. Born in Brooklyn, he was influenced by gospels and the cowboy songs of Tex Ritter, the screen performer who he often saw in his local cinema where he worked as a cleaner. Starting as a performer he enjoyed success with "Daddy Rollin' Stone" in 1952 but song writing soon became his main activity. He is credited with over a 1000 songs some of which were performed by the greatest artists of the day including Billy Joel, Otis Redding, The Who, James Taylor, Elvis Presley ("Don't Be Cruel", "All Shook Up", "Return to Sender"), Jerry Lee Lewis ("Great Balls of Fire", "Breathless") and Peggy Lee ("Fever"). He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Foundation Hall of Fame in 1986.
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