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Clyde Otis


Best-known for his lengthy and enormously effective collaboration with singer Brook Benton, Clyde Otis was being among the most prolific songwriters and companies from the post-war era, building music business background as the initial BLACK A&R professional for a significant label. Blessed in Prentice, MS, Otis’ early contact with music was limited — his family members didn’t even very own a radio — and he just began composing music after conference “Path 66” article writer Bobby Troup throughout a stint within the Marines. Pursuing his release, Otis resolved in NEW YORK, spending another eight years long lasting some day careers while honing his songwriting during the night. He was generating a cab when in 1954 he overheard one of is own fares discussing a celebration being tossed by music publisher Sidney Kornhauser; Otis confident the woman to provide Kornhauser his melody “That’s All THERE’S compared to that,” which became a high 20 pop strike for Nat “Ruler” Cole in middle-1956. Upon becoming a member of Mercury’s A&R personnel in 1958, Otis started writing and creating materials for Brook Benton; you start with the quantity three smash “It’s Only a Matter of Period,” they teamed for some 17 consecutive strikes, including “Endlessly,” “A LOT OF Methods,” “Kiddio,” as well as the novelty preferred “The Boll Weevil Music.” Otis also created several duets between Benton and Dinah Washington, included in this “Baby (YOU HAVE WHAT MUST BE DONE)” and “A Rockin’ GREAT WAY (To FOOL AROUND and Fall in Like)”; he done Washington’s solo attempts, as well, especially the traditional “Just what a Difference each day Makes.” Otis also helmed strikes for Sarah Vaughan (“Broken-Hearted Melody”), Timi Yuro (the impressive “Harm”) as well as the Diamonds (“The Stroll”), and in 1962 he only produced a fantastic 33 of Mercury’s 51 graph hits. Upon departing the label, he briefly tenured at Liberty Information before founding his personal publishing company, the Clyde Otis GROUP, and getting into 3rd party creation. Upon relocating to Nashville, Otis created sessions for nation stars Charlie Affluent and Sonny Wayne; Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis, and Patti Web page all documented his songs aswell.

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Full Name Clyde Otis
Died January 8, 2008, Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Profession Music Producer, Songwriter
Nationality American
Awards Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
Music Songs Jungle Drums, The Stroll, Natchez Parade, Mister Sandman, When You Wish Upon a Star, Asleep In The Deep, Blackberry Blue And Rose Blossom Pink, Li'l Liza Jane, Magnolia Blossoms, Sentimental Journey, Sweet Sixteen, Basin Street, Sleepy Lagoon, Secret Love, Rat Tat Tat, Stars Fell On Alabama, Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive, On Green Dolphin Street, Nashville, For You For Me Forever More, Autumn Leaves, Hush Puppies In The Moonlight, Le petit train rébus, Gone With The Wind, Struttin' With My Baby Doll, Stardust, A Place In The Sun, Mariquita, Love Letters, Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home, Tenderly, Friendly Enemies
Albums Love Letters, Here Comes The Showboat
Movies Olga's Girls

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The Gambler 2014/III writer: "This Bitter Earth"
The Connection 2014 writer: "This Bitter Earth / On the Nature of Daylight"
My Mad Fat Diary 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Love Is Strange 2014 writer: "Baby You've Got What it Takes"
Bad Grandpa 2013 writer: "Think Twice Version X"
Shutter Island 2010 writer: "THIS BITTER EARTH" 1960
So You Think You Can Dance 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Nights in Rodanthe 2008 writer: "A Rockin' Good Way To Mess Around and Fall in Love"
My Blueberry Nights 2007 writer: "Looking Back"
Rumor Has It... 2005 writer: "Baby, You've Got What It Takes"
Two Weeks Notice 2002 writer: "Baby You've Got What It Takes"
Dahmer 2002 writer: "You're Movin' Me"
All the Rage 1999 writer: "Have a Little Mercy"
Finding Graceland 1998 writer: "Kiddio" - as Clyde Lovern Otis
My Son the Fanatic 1997 writer: "A Rockin' Good Way" - as Otis
Boogie Nights 1997 writer: "It's Just a Matter of Time"
The Last Days of Frankie the Fly 1996 lyrics: "It's Just a Matter of Time" - as Otis / music: "It's Just a Matter of Time" - as Otis
Beautiful Girls 1996 writer: "The Stroll"
All Men Are Liars 1995 writer: "A Rockin' Good Way To Mess Around and Fall in Love"
Rebel Highway 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Reform School Girl 1994 TV Movie writer: "The Stroll"
Blue Sky 1994 writer: " Baby You've Got What It Takes"
Consenting Adults 1992 lyrics: "Looking Back", "I'm Too Far Gone To Turn Around" / music: "Looking Back", "I'm Too Far Gone To Turn Around"
Skin Deep 1989 writer: "It's Just a Matter of Time" - as C. Otis
Young Love: Lemon Popsicle 7 1987 writer: "A Rockin' Good Way"
Peggy Sue Got Married 1986 writer: "The Stroll"
Night of the Creeps 1986 writer: "The Stroll"
Fame 1984 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Big Score 1983 lyrics: "If You Want Me To Sing Me I'll Be A Song" / music: "If You Want Me To Sing Me I'll Be A Song" / writer: "Glow Love"
Killer of Sheep 1978 writer: "This Bitter Earth"
Pipe Dreams 1976 writer: "Ties That Bind"
American Graffiti 1973 writer: "The Stroll"
The Johnny Cash Show 1971 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Go!! Show 1966 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Shindig! 1964 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1960 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Country Music Holiday 1958 writer: "Goodbye, My Darlin'", "Don't Walk Away from Me", "Ninety-Nine Percent"

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Music Department

Le petit train Interlude 'Rébus Express' 1960-1963 TV Series short writer - 34 episodes
Mister Rock and Roll 1957 special musical material



Olga's Girls 1964



Biography 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
American Masters 1988 TV Series documentary Himself

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