Thursday, September 29, 2016

Overlooked Music -- a legendary songwriter

The Hit Man: Even if you’ve never heard of Otis Blackwell, you’ve almost certainly heard his music—he was one of the most influential songwriters of the 20th century. Here’s the story of the most famous songwriter most people have never heard of.


Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I believe "Otis Blackwell" (or a surrogate, if they changed the name - can't remember) made an appearance in AMERICAN HOT WAX.

And why is that movie still unavailable on DVD?

Mike Dennis said...

During my 30-year career as a professional musician (piano), I had occasion to meet Otis Blackwell a couple of times, both in Nashville during the late 1970s. He was very unassuming, very talented, and a regular guy all around. His influence on the musical world cannot be overstated. The world needs to know about him.

Bill Crider said...

Definitely one of the greats. I've known about him for many years, being one of those nerds who used to read the songwriting credits on his 45s.