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Died On This Date (April 24, 1970) Otis Spann / Chicago Blues Legend

Posted by themusicsover on April 24, 2010

Otis Spann
March 21, 1930 – April 24, 1970

Otis Spann was one of greatest blues pianists to come out of post-war Chicago. And some consider him the greatest, period. Spann gigged around mostly on his own throughout much of his teens and then joined up with Muddy Waters in 1952. He appeared on nearly every one of his Chess recordings. Oddly, Chess failed to recognize his talents as a singer, so he left to record for Candid, Vanguard, Storyville and others. Otis Spann would have no doubt earned the fame he deserved had he lived past the age of 40. He died of liver cancer on April 24, 1970

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