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Otis Blackwell

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I like this town, it's really great. They've put me in The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. This town is about music. It's about the kind of music I like.

— Otis Blackwell

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I used to be with a publishing house called Roosevelt Music. A gentleman there told me he had seen Peggy Lee perform Fever in Las Vegas and I found out later she wanted to record it.

— Otis Blackwell

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I used to go down every year for the remembrance of Elvis' birthday. Memphis State College invited me to sit in the auditorium and speak to the people for one of those Elvis days.

— Otis Blackwell

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I'd hate to be a songwriter starting a career today.

— Otis Blackwell

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When I started writing it was kind of hard getting people to do my stuff. They' say they couldn't do my style.

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When I was young, I just sat down and started playing Chopsticks at the piano. I got so far and then lost interest. Eventually, I regained it and started writing songs.

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About Otis Blackwell

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The album features 15 Blackwell-penned tracks recorded by the likes of Kris Kristofferson ("All Shook Up") Blondie's Debbie Harry ("Don't Be Cruel") The Smithereens ("Let's Talk About Us") Graham Parker ("Paralyzed") and Ronnie Spector ("Brace Yourself"). Then "Don't Be Cruel" began a highly profitable association with Elvis Presley. Youngsters and adults alike have made the phrase a common part of everyday usage.

His compositions include Little Willie John's "Fever" Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" and "Breathless" Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" "All Shook Up" and "Return to Sender" (with Winfield Scott) and Jimmy Jones' "Handy Man". He should not be confused with another songwriter and producer Robert "Bumps" Blackwell. Otis Blackwell (February 16 1931 – May 6 2002) was an American songwriter singer and pianist whose work significantly influenced rock and roll.

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