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The Greatest Johnny Otis Show Import

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In the two short years that The Johnny Otis Show recorded for Capitol, they managed time and again to come up with some of the most eternal sides in rock 'n' roll. The legendary Mr Otis adopted the role of ringmaster, whilst the members of his revue took turns to show off their many talents. Marie Adams, the Three Tons of Joy, Mel Williams, Jeannie Sterling and Jackie Kelso all featured on the recordings, backed up by some of the very finest musicians Johnny could assemble.

Their debut Capitol single Ma, He's Making Eyes At Me truly caught the imagination of the British public and went right to the top of the charts in November, 1957.

Back home, the much loved Willie and the Hand Jive hit the US Top Ten the following summer and the whole shooting match went on to spread the word in films and TV. Future gems like Castin' My Spell, Crazy Country Hop and Mumblin' Mosie all helped to sow the seeds for the forthcoming R&B revolution in the UK with many homegrown acts from Cliff Richard to the Animals turning to the Johnny Otis repertoire for a source of material. After the disappointment of previous compilations from other companies Ace Records have finally restored the balance by bringing together the cream of the Otis crop, including wonderful rock 'n' roll tracks such as Bye Bye Baby, All I Want Is Your Love and Shake It Lucy Baby that have not appeared on CD before. This landmark release sets the facts straight on paper too, as the complexities surrounding Johnny's arrival at Capitol have never been fully documented until now. The Greatest Johnny Otis Show is no idle boast, because the team succeeded in capturing such a joyous mood, the excitement still delivers maximum entertainment value. Mr. Otis has nothing to regret.

Stuart Colman, Ace Records UK

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Shake It Lucy Baby - Johnny Otis
  2. Ma (He's Making Eyes At Me) - Marie Adams & The Three Tons Of Joy
  3. (Romance) In The Dark - Marie Adams & The Three Tons Of Joy
  4. Willie And The Hand Jive - Johnny Otis
  5. Bye Bye Baby - Marie Adams & Johnny Otis
  6. Loop De Loop - Marie Adams
  7. Can't You Hear Me Callin' - Johnny Otis
  8. The Light Still Shines In My Window - Marie Adams
  9. Hum Ding A Ling - Johnny Otis
  10. Well Well Well - Mel Williams
  11. Story Untold - Jeannie Sterling & The Moonbeams
  12. All I Want Is Your Love - Marie Adams
  13. Good Golly - Johnny Otis
  14. You Just Kissed Me Goodbye - Mel Williams
  15. Ring-A-Ling - Johnny Otis
  16. Three Girls Named Molly, Doin' The Hully Gully - Johnny Otis
  17. A Fool In Love - Marie Adams
  18. Crazy Country Hop - Johnny Otis
  19. Hey Baby, Don't You Know - Johnny Otis
  20. I'll Do The Same Thing For You - Marci Lee & Johnny Otis
  21. What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For? - Marie Adams
  22. Willie Did The Cha Cha - Johnny Otis
  23. Mumblin' Mosie - Johnny Otis
  24. Let The Sun Shine In My Life - Johnny Otis
  25. Castin' My Spell - Marci Lee & Johnny Otis
  26. Telephone Baby - Marci Lee & Johnny Otis


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 28, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ace Records UK
  • ASIN: B0000009KU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,716 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you love Johnny Otis' brand of entertainment, this is your cup of tea. Leave it to the folks at ACE to do it right! This cd contains all the good stuff that Johnny Recorded for CAPITOL in 1956- 1958. "Willie and The Hand Jive", "Crazy Country Hop", "Castin' My Spell", Ma (He's Makin' eyes At Me) and "A Fool In Love" are the real winners in this package. THIS WAS INDEED, THE GREATEST ROCK'N ROLL REVIEW EVER TO BE ON STAGE. IT'S A MUST BUY.
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By A Customer on February 28, 2003
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I can't say I was much aware of Johnny Otis until I stumbled across this CD. Since then, I became obsessed with finding out as much as possible about this rock n' roll hall of fame inductee. Although not a particularly great vocalist, Otis' contributions include the introducing of some of rock's earliest pioneers to the public-- including Jackie Wilson, and his live shows have been credited with giving rock its performance roots. If you like simplicity, rhythm and blues, then listen to this CD and enjoy the early sounds of great rock n' roll.
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Back in 1959 I bought a single called "Telephone Baby" by Johnny Otis
that I wore out because I considered this song the best Rock & Roll
song ever and kept on playing it throughout the years. I never heard of
Johnny Otis anymore (except for the hand-jive song)until 50 years later
(2 weeks back) when I came across this CD. I didn't hesitate and bought it
to have this particular song on CD. What can I say about all the other
Johnny Otis songs? Just out of this world. Pure rock & roll, R&B, Doo Wop etc. thanks to a.o. Marie Adams, Mel Williams, Marci Lee and Jeannie Sterling. To tell the truth, I had never heard of these artists which is quite logical because their music never made it to Europe nor did they have hits in the USA or the UK except for Johnny Otis. Most of the songs are from 1957 and 1958 and still are "bathed" in that genuine raw unspoiled rock & roll flavour. Almost at the end of the CD an incredible surprise: a wonderful ballad by Johnny in a Skyliners/Crests Doo Wop style with strings that very few people must have listened to. Otherwise this would have been a #1 song without any doubt. A real must!
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