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 Otis Spann

Otis Spann

Birth
Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi, USA
Death 25 Apr 1970 (aged 40)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Alsip, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 5718 · View Source
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Musician. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, he was regarded as one of the most solid bottom blues piano players of his day. In 1946, he relocated to Chicago and became an integral member of the Muddy Waters band. Spann played on most of Waters' classic Chess recordings between 1953 and 1969, to include "Got My Mojo Working", "Hoochie Coochie Man", "I'm Ready" and "Just Make Love to Me". He also recorded with artist B.B. King, Eric Clapton, James Cotton and Fleetwood Mac. His solo work included the single, "It Must Have Been the Devil" (1954), albums "Otis Spann Is The Blues" (1960) and "The Blues Is Where It's At" (1966). He died of cancer in Chicago, Illinois, at age 40. His grave was poorly marked until June 1999, when a gravestone was finally installed thanks to funds raised by readers of Blues Revue Magazine.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 13 Jun 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5718
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Otis Spann (21 Mar 1930–25 Apr 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5718, citing Burr Oak Cemetery, Alsip, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .