Thursday, August 23, 2012

Otis Spann Records Debut Album in Today in 1960.

On this day in 1960, Otis Spann, one of the most important Chicago Blues pianists, recorded his first solo album "Otis Spann is the Blues".

Otis Spann is most well known for being in Muddy Waters' band from 1952-1968. He and Muddy were so close that Muddy sometimes called him his brother, and in many shows Otis would sing a few songs while Muddy took a rest (can be seen in the Live in Copenhagen concert in 1968).

Otis was considered an important figure in post-war Chicago blues and was elected to the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980.

Here's one song off the album, a blues standard called "Worried Life Blues":

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