Otis Blackwell

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Non-Performer

Inducted in: 2010

Inducted by: Carole King

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1995 (ranked #4 in the Non-Performers - Songwriters category) .

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Otis Blackwell

One of the best songwriters of the 50's who's work includes some of the biggest hits in rock history - "Don't Be Cruel" and "All Shook Up" for Elvis Presley, "Great Balls Of Fire" and "Breathless" for Jerry Lee Lewis, "Fever" for Little Willie John, "Hey Little Girl" by Dee Clark, and "Home In Your Heart" by Solomon Burke while his own performance of "Daddy Rolling Stone" was covered into a hit by the unheralded Derek Martin and then into a cult-B-side by the Who. One of the first performers turned independent songwriters for hire in rock 'n' roll.

Qualifications: 9 - Dominant Artist

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 12.15.09 @ 20:52pm



Otis Blackwell

Finally one of the most successful songwriters of all-time, a man who wrote no less than four of the Top 50 Songs of the 1950's (Don't Be Cruel, All Shook Up, Fever and Great Balls Of Fire) as an independent unaffiliated writer, gets the nod & ten years after he died. Blackwell's career was as varied as they came, he began as an artist and recorded a number of strong records ("Daddy Rolling Stone", later covered memorably by Derek Martin and The Who among others) before he found there was more chance for success by penning songs for others. The demos of his compositions served as templates for Elvis Presley's interpretations enough so that Blackwell has been credited with being one of Presley's main vocal influences. Over a dozen different Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame artists have recorded a Blackwell composition making him yet another long overdue selection.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 01.16.10 @ 16:04pm

s if I was not living in the country when "Bay Doll" Otis Blackwell passed and Idid not hear it. DEATH WHERE IS YOUR POWER?!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Otis you were simply the best, Play for tnheangels mae demosfor them and e ntertain our Father who blesed youu with such a great talent.

Sleep well Genius, and May God eternal rest Grant you, you were simply the best.

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Posted by Ty Abimbola-Sodipe on Thursday, 11.25.10 @ 03:24am

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