Personalities | Otis Spann | Sixties | Jazz & Blues

(Piano, vocals, 1930–70)

The finest post-war blues pianist, Spann learned to play at churches and parties around his Jackson, Mississippi birthplace. From 1952 until his death from cancer, he was house keyboardist at Chess Records, recording with Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter and others. Although Spann made a clutch of fine solo recordings, including the first Candid release, Otis Spann Is The Blues (1960) and duets with Robert Lockwood, he is best known as Waters’ music director.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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