Watts Funky

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Johnny Otis was a key pioneer in the development of R'n'B into Rock and Roll, and as such deserves a blue plaque and other such honours. He discovered - amongst others - Etta James, Esther Phillips and Little Willie John, and his band backed Big Mama Thornton on the original version of Hound Dog. He scored umpteen hits first in the post war rhythm and blues boom and then on Capitol as Rock and Roll took over. Yet it sometimes seems that Mr. Veliotes to give him his real name is a little overlooked in the R'n'R pioneer stakes. Leiber and Stoller, Ike Turner and Sam Phillips get a lot of the props but Johnny is sometimes missing from the plaudits. Ace has for some years been looking to rectify this fault, putting out both Johnny's own Dig recordings and his major label recordings for Capitol - if you don't have them they are scorching. Now BGP has decided to delve where others have never gone before.

Debbie Lindsey - Spells And Incantations
Vera Hamilton - But I Ain't No More (G.S.T.S.K.D.T.S.)
Johnny Otis Show - Country Girl
Johnny Otis Show - Watts Breakaway
Shuggie Otis - Miss Pretty
The Vibrettes - Humpty Dump
Icewater Slim And The Fourth Floor - I Don't Understand It
Delmar And Carla - Funky Disco Boogie
Johnny Otis - Good To The Last Drop
Johnny Otis Show - Don't It Make You Feel Good
Shuggie Otis - Strawberry Letter 23
Preston Love - Cool Ade
Johnny Otis - Comin' At Ya Baby
Johnny Otis Show - Signifying Monkey
Doug Wintz - Whelp
Johnny Otis - Jaws
Johnny Otis Show - Skunk Booty
Johnny Otis Show Featuring Barbara Morrison - Hey Boy! I Want You
Willie 'Jitterbug' Webb - You Got To Do It Right
Shuggie Otis - If You'd Be Mine