Handy Man: The Otis Blackwell Songbook

Handy Man: The Otis Blackwell Songbook


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He might not have been a household name, but singer and songwriter Otis Blackwell's contributions to the early architecture of rock & roll is a major one. Among his compositions are such enduring classics as "Don't Be Cruel," "Fever," "All Shook Up," "Handy Man," "Great Balls of Fire," "The Shape I'm In," "Return to Sender," and "Daddy Rollin' Stone," just to name a few. That's quite a catalog. This set collects some two-dozen Blackwell songs done by artists ranging from Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley to Mahalia Jackson, Solomon Burke, Little Willie John, Gene Pitney, and more, and the wonderful R&B crackle of these versions simply underscores Blackwell's songwriting genius. His voice appears only once here, on a duet with Winfield Scott on a demo version of "One Broken Heart for Sale," but his voice, through his timeless songs, continues to reverberate and roll on without abatement in the 21st century.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/04/2012
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667052122
catalogNumber: 6705212
Rank: 64620

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Rounce   Compield
Marty Wekser   Compield

Technical Credits

Elvis Presley   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Winfield Scott   Composer
Jimmy Williams   Composer
John Davenport   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Eddie Cooley   Composer
Rob Finnis   Illustrations
Gilles Petard   Cover Photo
Jimmy "Handy Man" Jones   Composer
Bobby Stevenson   Composer
Bob Dunham   Illustrations
Brian Nevill   Illustrations
Waldense Hall   Composer
Trevor Simpson   Illustrations
Audrick Gladstone   Composer
Cathy Lee   Composer

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