[MGSA-L] Johnny Otis, Greek-American musician, dies at 90

Roland Moore rolandmo at pacbell.net
Fri Jan 20 09:05:46 PST 2012


> From: John Maas <jrmaas at gmail.com>
> 
> Filed under something I didn't know but love knowing now.
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> Johnny Otis, Rhythm and Blues Musician, Dies at 90 - NYTimes.com
> http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/arts/music/johnny-otis-musician-dies-at-90.html?_r=1&hpw
> “Genetically, I’m pure Greek,” he told The San Jose Mercury News in 1994. “Psychologically, environmentally, culturally, by choice, I’m a member of the black community.”
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> Johnny Otis was born John Alexander Veliotes (some sources give his first name as Ioannis) on Dec. 28, 1921, in Vallejo, Calif., the son of Greek immigrants who ran a grocery. He grew up in a predominantly black area of Berkeley.
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