Otis Spann

(March 21 ,1930 — April 24 ,1970)

Tom Radai's very first client. As a teenager in 1966, Otis Spann helped launch Tom's entry into the Blues world and the business of Blues. Probably best remembered for the support he provided for Muddy Water's music, Spann nonetheless proved himself a fine recording artist in his own right.


Biography

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Spann became known for his distinct piano style. Spann was Muddy Waters' pianist from 1952 to 1960 before forming his own band. In the late 1960s, he appeared on albums with Buddy Guy, Peter Green, and Fleetwood Mac.

Fortunately, several films of his playing are available on DVD including the Newport Folk Festival (1960), while his singing is also featured on the American Folk Blues Festival (1963) and The Blues Masters (1966).

Following his passing from liver cancer in Chicago, Illinois in 1970, he was interred in the Burr Oak Cemetery, Alsip, Illinois.


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