Johnny Otis

1921 - 2012

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Johnny Otis (born Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes; December 28, 1921 – January 17, 2012) was an American singer, musician, composer, arranger, bandleader, talent scout, disc jockey, record producer, television show host, artist, author, journalist, minister, and impresario. He was a seminal influence on American R&B and rock and roll. He discovered numerous artists early in their careers who went on to become highly successful in their own right, including Little Esther Phillips, Etta James, Alan O'Day, Big Mama Thornton, Johnny Ace, Jackie Wilson, Little Willie John, Hank Ballard, and The Robins, among many others. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johnny Otis has received more than 637,367 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia. Johnny Otis is the 1,778th most popular singer (down from 1,650th in 2019), the 9,615th most popular biography from United States (down from 9,075th in 2019) and the 484th most popular Singer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 640k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 41.92

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 19

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 1.86

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.69

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among singers, Johnny Otis ranks 1,778 out of 3,528Before him are Teresa Brewer, Julia Boutros, Howie Dorough, Heather Harper, Lil' Kim, and AJ McLean. After him are Tommy Roe, Billy Fury, Senhit, Joey Belladonna, Maître Gims, and Gaahl.

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Among people born in 1921, Johnny Otis ranks 374Before him are Sheb Wooley, Patricia Wrightson, Cliff Bourland, François Picard, Brian Moore, and Kurt Marti. After him are Erwin Hahn, Geoffrey Crossley, Ron Greenwood, Muriel Pavlow, Giuseppe Moro, and James Cooke Brown. Among people deceased in 2012, Johnny Otis ranks 384Before him are Mike Kelley, Janice E. Voss, Michael O'Hare, Terry Callier, Slater Martin, and Deborah Raffin. After him are Mike Sparken, Takao Sakurai, Dirk Bach, Mark Midler, Leszek Drogosz, and Manuel Preciado Rebolledo.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Johnny Otis ranks 9,615 out of 18,182Before him are Molly Shannon (1964), Andrew Bryniarski (1969), Yakima Canutt (1895), AJ McLean (1978), Helen Twelvetrees (1908), and Dorothea Dix (1802). After him are Eric Bischoff (1955), Tommy Roe (1942), Al Foster (1943), Diana Lynn (1926), Mike Bookie (1904), and Tim Gunn (1953).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Johnny Otis ranks 484Before him are Redfoo (1975), Rudy Vallée (1901), Teresa Brewer (1931), Howie Dorough (1973), Lil' Kim (1974), and AJ McLean (1978). After him are Tommy Roe (1942), Joey Belladonna (1960), LaVern Baker (1929), Ellie Greenwich (1940), Benji Madden (1979), and Lindsey Stirling (1986).