"Nobody can tell you how the blues feel unless they have the blues."
Otis Rush was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi, on April 29, 1934. As a
youngster, Otis Rush taught himself to play harmonica and guitar. Otis Rush is
left-handed and as many other left-handed blues guitarists, he plays a
right-handed guitar upside down and left-handed. He worked with his mother and
his brothers and sisters in the field, and sometimes he sang and played guitar
in the church. Otis Rush moved to Chicago in 1948. Listening to
live on stage inspired Otis Rush to start a career as a blues artist and soon
he began to play in clubs on Chicago's South Side. In 1956, Otis Rush signed
with Cobra Records. Cobra released his first hit I Can't Quit You Baby.
After Cobra had collapsed, Otis Rush switched to Chess Records where he had
his hit All Your Love (I Miss Loving), played in rumba rhythm. Otis
Rush later made recordings for Duke, Vanguard, Cotillion, Capitol, Bullfrog,
Quicksilver, Alligator, Mercury, Blind Pig, and House of Blues. Otis Rush
represents the second generation of Chicago blues artists who broke with the
rural musical traditions to develop a more sophisticated way to sing and play
the blues. Otis Rush has a sonorous tenor voice with an unique timbre and he
is admired for his expressive vocal style. Otis Rush likes to play in minor
keys and impresses with his lyrical and feelingly guitar playing. In 1998,
Otis Rush won a Grammy Award in the category Best Traditional Blues Album for
his release, Any Place I'm Goin'. Otis Rush's song I Can't Quit You
Baby is one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock
and Roll, selected by the curatorial staff and a number of rock critics and
historians. In February 2004, Otis Rush suffered a stroke. His fans all over
the world hope he soon will recover and be back on stage again.
Visit Otis Rush's official website.
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Otis Rush Fan Pages
Fan page by Hiroshi Takahashi.
Biographical Information on Otis Rush
Otis Rush biography at wikipedia.org.
Otis Rush biography at blindpigrecords.com.
Otis Rush biography at myguitarsolo.com.
Otis Rush biography at centerstagechicago.com.
Otis Rush biography by Bill Dahl.
Various Articles on Otis Rush
Article by Bruce Maag.
Article by Frank Falduto.
Article at Mike's Guitar Site.
Otis Rush quotes at brainyquote.com.
Article by Robert Palmer.
Reviews and Critiques of Otis Rush Live Performances and Recordings
Otis Rush @ The House Of Blues, Chicago, June 7, 1997. Review by Ray Stiles.
Otis Rush Lyrics
Lyrics of 5 Otis Rush songs.
Lyrics of 5 Otis Rush songs.
Otis Rush Photos
Otis Rush photos by Dragan Tasic.
Otis Rush, Antones, Austin, TX 7/12/85. Photos by Bob Minkin.
5 Otis Rush photos by Chuck Ivy.
Otis Rush Audio Files
Otis Rush - Double Trouble. MP3 file, runtime 03:35.
Otis Rush Videos
Otis Rush: I`Cant Quit You Baby. Runtime: 05:26.
Otis Rush - All Your Love (I Miss Loving). Runtime: 05:07.
Otis Rush - Will My Woman Be Home Tonight. Runtime: 05:10.
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