Shuggie OtisShuggie Otis
(born in 1953
) is an American rock
, and funk guitarist
. He is the son of rhythm and blues
musician, bandleader, and impresario Johnny Otis
. One source gives his birth name as Johnny Otis Jr., but since his father used his own birth name of John Veliotes when he ran for the California
Assembly in the 1960s, Shuggie's family name at birth was probably Veliotes.
Shuggie Otis began performing professionally at the age of 12, often disguising himself with dark glasses and a false moustache so that he could play in nightclubs. He released his first solo album in 1970. The Brothers Johnson's version of his composition "Strawberry Letter 23" reached #1 in the Billboard rhythm and blues chart and #5 in the Billboard pop chart in 1977.
He also plays piano, organ, and bass. He has recorded with Frank Zappa, Al Kooper, Etta James, and Eddie Vinson.