March 15, 2017 Records of the Day

johnny-otis-45johnny-otisThe title of “Godfather of Rhythm and Blues” goes to Johnny Otis. Born Greek, he said, “I prefer to be black.” He not only discovered Jackie Wilson, Big Mama Thornton, and Hank Ballard; he also recorded one of the biggest hits of 1958 with “Willie and the Hand Jive,” which can now sell for $25.00. In 1957, Dig records issued the Johnny Otis album “Rock and Roll Hit Parade.” An original copy can get you $500.00 today. Beware: counterfeits exist. The discs on original copies are rigid and noticeably thicker than the more flexible ones found on fakes. All known counterfeit records are listed and described on the Mighty John Record Appraisal Guide on CD in Microsoft word, available in the left hand column on this page.

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