Wednesday Open Thread: Otis Spann
It's Day 114 of the Year 2019 CE (Gregorian), meaning that it's April 24, 2019 (Gregorian), or 22.214.171.124.15 by the long count
Otis Spann died April 24, 1970. His peers know him as one of the masters and legends, but the public less so.
By the age of 14, he was playing in bands in the Jackson area. He moved to Chicago in 1946, where he was mentored by Big Maceo Merriweather. Spann performed as a solo act and with the guitarist Morris Pejoe, working a regular spot at the Tic Toc Lounge. Spann became known for his distinctive piano style. He replaced Merriweather as Muddy Waters's piano player in late 1952 and participated in his first recording session with the band on September 24, 1953. He continued to record as a solo artist and session player with other musicians, including Bo Diddley and Howlin' Wolf, during his tenure with the group. He stayed with Waters until 1968.
If you go to that page, near the bottom you will find a list of albums he did, followed by a partial list of thoe he did with others. Off the top of my head, even I know of one that is missing. The number of people he played with or behind is really something else. My missing Album is "Super Super Blues Band", and the frontmen are Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley. The backing band is Buddy Guy on Bass, Clifton James on Drums, Hubert Sumlin on Guitar, and Otis Spann on Piano. You simply do not sit in on a session like that unless you are truly something special.
(Looks like Willie Dixon on Base)
Otis Spann - piano, Robert Lockwood, Jr. - Composer, Guitar, Vocals
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Its an open thread so have at it. The floor is yours