Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Blues Piano Day 3 - Otis Spann

Another award winning blues piano player, and a man who did as much as anybody to help create the Chicago blues sound is Otis Spann.

According to LivinBlues;

A measure of recognition and respect in which Spann is held took place at a ceremony held at the 1972 Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival, when Muddy Waters presented Spann's widow, Lucille, with a plaque which read: 'The people of Ann Arbor Michigan in recognition of the talent, the genius of the late Otis Spann, sweet giant of the Blues, formally dedicate the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival, 1972 in the grounds upon which it stands to the memory of this great artist.' That September the performance area where the plaque was placed became known as The Otis Spann Memorial Field and remained so for the ensuing years of the festival. Probably best remembered for the much needed subtle and complementary support he provided for Muddy Waters music, both on stage and in the recording studio. Otis Spann was inducted into the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame in 1980.
LivinBlues also has a couple of Otis Spann mp3s for your listening pleasure.

Otis Spann - T'Aint Nobody's Business If I Do


Otis Spann - Blues Don`t Love Nobody


References;

Otis Spann @ YouTube

Otis Spann @ LivinBlues

Otis Spann @ Wikipedia

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