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Meet Hit Songwriter Otis Blackwell

Singer/songwriter, OTIS BLACKWELL wrote a lot of big hit songs including: Great Balls of Fire and Breathless, both hits for Jerry Lee Lewis, Handy Man for Jimmy Jones, Fever which was a hit for both Little Willie John and Peggy Lee (what a combo) and Don't Be Cruel and Return to Sender for The King, plus many more.

 

I used to see his name on the record labels, but didn't know much about him or seen him perform. But we all can now, Scott also found a video of Mr. Blackwell on the Letterman Show doing, Don't Be Cruel. Fun Fact: The flip side of Elvis' recording of Don't Be Cruel, was another Hit, Heartbreak Hotel. There haven't been many double sided hit singles in history, and this was a big one. A lady that worked at a Record Distributor at the time, told me that they were ordering records by the hundreds and then thousands, faster then RCA could make them.

 

Here's Otis blackwell performing Don't Be Cruel Live with the multi-talented Paul Shaffer on keyboards and Will Lee on Bass.
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