Johnny Otis - The Best of... 1945-1960 - That's Your Last Boogie! - 3xCD

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Johnny Otis, one of the founding fathers of rock ’n’ roll represented on a stellar collection straddling his multi-faceted career between 1945-1960.
These carefully-selected and sequenced 83 tracks spread over three CDs now stand as an ultimate tribute to this pivotal figure.The son of Greek immigrants (real name Ioannis Alexandros Veliotes), Otis grew up in the predominantly black area of Berkeley, telling an interviewer in 1994, ‘Genetically, I’m pure Greek. Psychologically, environmentally, culturally, by choice, I’m a member of the black community.’ As such, he played a major part in creating a new sound for the growing audience of young urban blacks, starting out drumming in swing orchestras at 18. He formed a 16-piece big band in 1945, scoring his first hit with a glorious take on ‘Harlem Nocturne’.
Fantastic 3CD collection with: Wynonie Harris, Joe Turner, Little Esther,The Robins, Big Mama Thornton and many more.....

CD1’s sublime smorgasbord of big band jazz and slinky blues, entitled Barrelhouse Stomp after the Watts club he opened in 1948, features further Otis orchestra titles alongside outings with Wynonie Harris, Joe Turner, Lester Young, (future Coasters) the Robins and Little Esther Phillips.In 1949, Otis started recording for the Newark, New Jersey-based Savoy label, scoring 15 Billboard R&B chart hits between 1950-52, including number ones with Little Esther & Mel Walker which dominate CD2’s Rockin’ Blues, joined by names including the Royals and Marilyn Scott. In 1952, Otis discovered Etta James and produced Big Mama Thornton’s original version of Leiber and Stoller’s ‘Hound Dog’, while enjoying a growing career as a songwriter, already presenting the rock ’n’ roll form and attitude soon to sweep the world. While starting his lifelong vocation as a disc jockey in LA, he became a talent scout for King Records, while scoring the late fifties hits (including 1958 US top tenner ‘Willie And The Hand Jive’) featured on CD3’s Going Crazy (1952-1960). Other names included on this most rocking of selections include Etta James, Little Richard, Pete ‘Guitar’ Lewis, Johnny Ace, Sugar Pie, Faye Wilson and Mr Goggle Eyes August.Johnny’s passion, benevolence, warmth and uncanny musical clairvoyance shines through every track on this magnificent set, capturing many of his achievements at this most crucial time in musical history. That aside, it also happens to be one hell of a party album for the summer.



  1. Uptown Boogie (Illinois Jacquet)
  2. Cock-A-Doodle-Doo (Wynonie Harris)
  3. Jimmy’s Round The Clock Blues (Jimmy Rushing)
  4. Harlem Nocturne (Johnny Otis Orchestra)
  5. Yonder Goes My Baby (Wynonie Harris)
  6. One O’Clock Jump / Omaha Flash (Johnny Otis Orchestra)
  7. S K Blues (Joe Turner)
  8. Good Boogdi Googie (George Washington)
  9. Groovy (Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers)
  10. Jamming With Lester (Lester Young)
  11. My Baby Done Told Me (The Four Bluebirds)
  12. Jeff-Hi Stomp (Johnny Otis Orchestra)
  13. Matchbox Blues (Old Man Mose)
  14. Midnight In The Barrel House (Johnny Otis Orchestra)
  15. That’s Your Last Boogie (Joe Swift)
  16. Barrel House Stomp (Johnny Otis Orchestra)
  17. Court Room Blues (Johnny Otis Orchestra)
  18. Around About Midnight (The Robins)
  19. Mean Ole Gal (Little Esther)
  20. If I Didn’t Love You So (The Robins)
  21. Double Crossing Blues (Little Esther & The Robins)
  22. If It’s So, Baby (The Robins)
  23. New Orleans Shuffle (Johnny Otis Orchestra)
  24. The Turkey Hop, Part 1 (Johnny Otis Orchestra)
  25. The Turkey Hop, Part 2 (Johnny Otis Orchestra)
  26. Cry Baby (Mel Walker & The Blue Notes)


  1. Lover’s Lane Boogie (Little Esther & The Blue Notes)
  2. Misery (Little Esther)
  3. Beer Bottle Boogie (Marylyn Scott)
  4. Mistrustin’ Blues (Little Esther & Mel Walker)
  5. Cupid’s Boogie (Little Esther & Mel Walker)
  6. Deceivin’ Blues (Little Esther & Mel Walker)
  7. Sunset To Dawn (Mel Walker)
  8. Dreamin’ Blues (Mel Walker)
  9. Wedding Boogie (Johnny Otis’ Congregation)
  10. Far Away Blues (aka Xmas Blues) (Little Esther & Mel Walker)
  11. Rockin’ Blues (Mel Walker)
  12. Gee Baby (Mel Walker)
  13. Mambo Boogie (Johnny Otis Orchestra)
  14. All Nite Long (Johnny Otis Orchestra)
  15. Feel Like Cryin’ Again (Mel Walker)
  16. Doggin’ Blues (Linda Hopkins)
  17. “Harlematinee” Radio Show Theme (Hunter Hancock)
  18. Oopy-Doo (Johnny Otis Orchestra)
  19. One Nighter Blues (Johnny Otis Orchestra)
  20. Call Operator 210 (Mel Walker)
  21. The Candle’s Burnin’ Low (Mel Walker)
  22. Goomp Blues (Johnny Otis Orchestra)
  23. The Love Bug Boogie (Mel Walker & Ada Brown)
  24. The Deacon Moves In (Little Esther & The Dominoes)
  25. Every Beat Of My Heart (The Royals)
  26. Better Beware (Little Esther)


  1. Drill, Daddy, Drill (Dorothy Ellis)
  2. Young Girl (Johnny Otis Orchestra)
  3. Louisiana Hop (Pete “Guitar” Lewis)
  4. Hound Dog (Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton)
  5. Rock Me Baby (Johnny Otis Orchestra)
  6. Going Crazy (Pete “Guitar” Lewis)
  7. Honey, Honey (Joe “Papoose” Fritz)
  8. Shake It (Johnny Otis Orchestra)
  9. Yes, Baby (Johnny Ace & Big Mama Thornton)
  10. Boom Diddy Wa Wa (Junior & Marie)
  11. Pledging My Love (Johnny Ace)
  12. Better Stop (Junior Ryder)
  13. Oh Ho Doodle Lu (Mr Goggle Eyes August)
  14. Little Richard’s Boogie (Little Richard)
  15. The Wallflower (Dance With Me Henry) (Etta James & The Peaches)
  16. Hey Little Girl (Richard Lewis)
  17. If You Ever Get Lonesome (Roy “Happy” Easter)
  18. Please Be True (Sugar Pie)
  19. I’m Gonna Whale On You (Little Arthur Matthews)
  20. Ko Ko Mo (Gene & Eunice)
  21. Country Boogie (Preston Love Orchestra)
  22. I Miss You So (Faye Wilson)
  23. Shake It, Lucy Baby (The Johnny Otis Show)
  24. Ma (He’s Makin’ Eyes At Me) (The Johnny Otis Show)
  25. Bye Bye Baby (The Johnny Otis Show)
  26. Willie And The Hand Jive (The Johnny Otis Show)
  27. Crazy Country Hop (The Johnny Otis Show)
  28. Castin’ My Spell (The Johnny Otis Show)
  29. Mumblin’ Mosie (The Johnny Otis Show)

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