Creepin' With The Cats Johnny Otis


Rhythm & Blues
Ace Records
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Some dangerous stuff going down here, with the first volume in our series of sides drawn from Johnny Otis's Dig label. Johnny formed the label in 1955, by which time he was a well-established band leader, touring heavily with one of the tightest shows on the circuit, featuring singers 'Handsome' Mel Williams, and Little Arthur Mathews. The band played a regular weekly residency at the El Monte Legion Stadium (later immortalised in song by one Frank Zappa) and had a weekly show on KTTV. Starting out as Ultra Records the name mutated to Dig after the first 10 issues. Featured here after one of Ace's legendary trips to the vaults are no less than 10 previously unissued cuts. Also included are the first issue of "Groove Juice" and No.103 the wonderfully named "Ali Baba's Boogie". Mainstream commercial hits eluded the label, though a few of the doo wop sides were very successful locally in L.A., but that says nothing about the high quality of the material. Guitarist Pete Lewis and Jimmy Nolen shine throughout, though by the end you know that you have been listening to one helluva band, Look forward to digging more from Johnny Otis's short lived (R.I.P. 1957) Dig Records label.


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