Monday 20 May 2024

Did you know Otis Blackwell a black man wrote songs for Elvis Presley?

Blackwell wrote dozens of hit songs including ‘Don’t be Cruel’, ‘Return to Sender’, and ‘All shook-Up’. He died May 6, 2002 of a heart attack at the age of 70.

Otis Blackwell was an African-American songwriter, singer, and pianist, whose work significantly influenced rock and roll. Wikipedia

Born: February 16, 1931, Brooklyn, New York, NY

Died: May 6, 2002, Nashville, TN

Albums: 1952-1954, Let's Talk About Us, MORE 

Songwriting partners: Elvis Presley, Eddie Cooley, Jimmy Jones, Luther Dixon, Winfield Scott, Jack Hammer

Awards: Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award for Individual Artists

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