The Capitol Years

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All Music Guide - Bill Dahl
This set anthologizes Otis's late-'50s rise to rock & roll fame, thanks to his shave-and-a-haircut special "Willie and the Hand Jive." Like every other style of R&B Otis drifted into, he excelled at it -- "Castin' My Spell," "Crazy Country Hop," "Willie Did the Cha Cha," and "Three Girls Named Molly" are catchy rockers. Otis had a terrific band -- guitarist Jimmy Nolen later James Brown's main axeman, pianist Ernie Freeman, drummer Earl Palmer, and a tight horn section along with singers Marie Adams and Mel Williams gave him all the help he could possibly need.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bill Dahl
This set anthologizes Otis's late-'50s rise to rock & roll fame, thanks to his shave-and-a-haircut special "Willie and the Hand Jive." Like every other style of R&B Otis drifted into, he excelled at it -- "Castin' My Spell," "Crazy Country Hop," "Willie Did the Cha Cha," and "Three Girls Named Molly" are catchy rockers. Otis had a terrific band -- guitarist Jimmy Nolen later James Brown's main axeman, pianist Ernie Freeman, drummer Earl Palmer, and a tight horn section along with singers Marie Adams and Mel Williams gave him all the help he could possibly need.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2000
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431277324
  • Catalog Number: 2773
  • Sales rank: 142,587

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Willie and the Hand Jive (2:34)
  2. 2 Good Golly (1:52)
  3. 3 Crazy Country Hop (2:42)
  4. 4 Can't You Hear Me Calling (2:30)
  5. 5 Castin' My Spell - Marci Lee (2:11)
  6. 6 Telephone Baby (2:11)
  7. 7 Willie Did the Cha Cha (2:38)
  8. 8 Livin' in Misery (2:36)
  9. 9 Three Girls Named Molly, Doin' the Hully Gully (2:33)
  10. 10 We Meet Again - Marci Lee (3:00)
  11. 11 Hum Ding a Ling (2:38)
  12. 12 Baby Just You (2:19)
  13. 13 Ring-A-Ling (1:55)
  14. 14 Hey Baby, Don't You Know (2:29)
  15. 15 Let the Sunshine in My Life (Once More) (2:24)
  16. 16 Well, Well, Well - Mel Williams (2:17)
  17. 17 Ma (He's Making Eyes at Me) - Marie Adams (2:25)
  18. 18 Cold Turkey (2:12)
  19. 19 I Wonder - Marie Adams (2:08)
  20. 20 I'm With You (2:26)
  21. 21 Little Angel - Mel Williams (2:20)
  22. 22 Why Don't You Do Right? (2:28)
  23. 23 Voodoo Woman (2:36)
  24. 24 Vine Street Swing (4:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Otis Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano, Drums, Vocals, Vibes
Curtis Counce Bass
Mel Williams Vocals
Marie Adams Vocals
Jackie Kelso Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Paul Lopez Trumpet
George Washington Trombone
Fred Harmon Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Marcia Lee Vocals
Marci Lee Track Performer
Technical Credits
Johnny Otis Composer
Ben Vaughn Producer, Liner Notes
Chris Hicks Composer
Alvin Johnson Composer
Edwin Johnson Composer
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