The World According To Jonesy – Radio Show #34

It’s been an unfortunate start to the new year for funk and soul fans the world over. January saw the passing of three music icons Jimmy Castor, Johnny Otis, and Etta James. Their combined influence on funk, soul, jazz, and even rock-n-roll was profound to say the least. By forging new pathways for future artists they truly inspired generations of fans for years to come. This week Jonesy pays tribute to the passing of these musical legends, by featuring tracks from each artist, intermixed with the standard affair of soulful grooves.

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RIP Johnny Otis

 

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Johnny Otis, music legend and one of the “first musicians to cross the racial divide,” passed away yesterday at age 90. The man’s influence on soul music, jazz, and even rock-n-roll is an epic movie in and of itself.

Among his many accomplishments and honors are his discovery of Little Esther (Esther Phillips), his co-writing and production of the original version of “Hound Dog” (later covered by Elvis), and recording with Frank Zappa. The tireless entertainer also wore many hats – radio jock, TV presenter, politician, preacher, organic farmer and of course, father of Shuggie Otis.

Read more on the life Johnny at The Guardian website.

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