RIP Johnny Otis

Godspeed, King.

From Mojo:

Johnny Otis, producer, composer, DJ, talent scout and the Godfather of R&B, has died at the age of 90, reports the L.A. Times.

Born in California in 1921, Otis’s passion for jazz and blues would eventually lead him to discover (and write for) Big Mama Thornton, Hank Ballard, Etta James, Jackie Wilson and Esther Phillips, to name but a few. The success of his 1958 rock’n’roll classic Willie And The Hand Jive resulted in The Johnny Otis Show - Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, The Coasters and Little Richard would all appear.