Willie and the Hand Jive
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All Episodes 2. Star: Lionel Hampton. IMDb's Guide to Horror. Photos Add Image Add an image Do you have any images for this title? Edit Cast Episode credited cast: Lionel Hampton Genres: Music. Well, the kids got crazy and it's plain to see, Doing the hand jive on T. Eric Clapton Crossroads 2 Album songs 1. Walkin' Down The Road 2.
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Presence Of The Lord 9. Rambling On My Mind Little Wing The Sky Is Crying Layla Further On Up The Road I Shot The Sheriff He had an extremely successful band, and he discovered a number of singers, including Etta James who was 13 at the time she began working with him and Big Mama Thornton. In the s he had a highly popular TV program, was an influential DJ in Los Angeles, and was also a successful record producer.
Otis definitely qualifies as one of the hippest white guys of the s. Here is a montage of Johnny Otis memorabilia, showing him in lower L , with his band center , and posters along with the marquee of the Apollo Theater advertising his show from Willie and the Hand Jive was written by Johnny Otis.
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Although it sounds very derivative to Bo Diddley , there are recordings by the Johnny Otis band with similar rhythms that pre-date the song Bo Diddley by several years. Otis said that he got the inspiration for the tune from a chain gang song that he heard.
The Johnny Otis Show - Willie And The Hand Jive (Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single) | Discogs
So the audience members would do clapping and coordinated hand gestures, while remaining in their seats. He can walk and stroll and Susie Q And do that crazy hand jive, too. The dance consisted of clapping two fists together one on top of the other, followed by rolling the arms around each other. By the way, the hand movements described on the Internet look pretty simple but are deceptively difficult to master, at least for me. Johnny plays keyboards and sings the song, at what is purported to be an audition. The tune is accompanied by some cheesy Broadway-style choreography.
As you can see, the tune is propelled by sophisticated drumming by Earl Palmer, combined with some great rhythmic guitar work from Jimmy Nolen. We have covered Eric Clapton before on our blog, first as the lead guitarist with Cream in our post on the great Robert Johnson blues classic Crossroads. Finally we reviewed his work as the leader of the band Derek and the Dominos.
He is one of the greatest guitarists of all time, and the only person ever to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times once with The Yardbirds, a second time with Cream, and a third for his solo career. In the 60s and 70s, Eric Clapton developed a pattern of moving from one group to another. When that group broke up three years later, he spent a year with the group Blind Faith, and next formed the quartet Derek and the Dominos.
Eric has been primarily a solo act for the past few decades. He re-united with his Cream mates for a few concerts in London and New York in , and has toured a couple of times with Steve Winwood, his band-mate from Blind Faith. Although Clapton has a remarkably eclectic playlist, ranging from pop songs to country-rock music to reggae, he repeatedly returns to his first love, the blues. The single went up to 26 on the Billboard pop charts.
The song appears frequently in his concerts, and here is a live version. Eric slows down the song considerably. Despite the slow tempo, the beat is still as infectious as ever.
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