Otis Spann

Otis Spann

Blues Piano Piano Blues 50s Delta Blues
Otis Spann (March 21, 1930 – April 24, 1970) was an American blues musician. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Spann became known for his distinct piano style. Playing piano since the age of eight, Spann was already working with bands in his hometown when he was just fourteen. A few years later saw Spann move to Chicago, playing solo gigs and by the early '50s he could be found accompanying Louisiana guitarist Morris Pejoe's band. More Info »

Top Albums

  • Otis Spann Is the Blues
    Otis Spann Is the Blues
  • Walking The Blues
    Walking The Blues
  • The Blues Never Die!
    The Blues Never Die!
  • The Other Otis - [The Dave Cash Collection]
    The Other Otis - [The Dave Cash Collection]
  • The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions
    The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions
  • The Biggest Thing Since Colossus
    The Biggest Thing Since Colossus
  • The Biggest Thing Since Colossus ...
    The Biggest Thing Since Colossus ...
  • Best of the Vanguard Years
    Best of the Vanguard Years
  • Good Morning Mr. Blues
    Good Morning Mr. Blues
  • I Wanna Go Home
    I Wanna Go Home
  • My Home In The Delta
    My Home In The Delta
  • This Is the Blues
    This Is the Blues
  • Live The Life
    Live The Life
  • Cryin' Time
    Cryin' Time
  • Someday
    Someday
  • Must Have Been The Devil
    Must Have Been The Devil
  • Last Call
    Last Call
  • Otis Spann's Chicago Blues
    Otis Spann's Chicago Blues
  • The Bottom of the Blues
    The Bottom of the Blues
  • Love Love Love
    Love Love Love
  • Spanning A Lifetime
    Spanning A Lifetime
  • The Blues Is Where It's At
    The Blues Is Where It's At
  • Otis Spann
    Otis Spann
  • Cracked Spanner Head
    Cracked Spanner Head
  • Blues Masters Vol. 10
    Blues Masters Vol. 10
  • The Classic Years
    The Classic Years
  • Riverside Blues
    Riverside Blues
  • Heritage Of The Blues: I Wanna Go Home
    Heritage Of The Blues: I Wanna Go Home
  • Got the Blues
    Got the Blues
  • The Best of the Vanguard Years
    The Best of the Vanguard Years
  • Down to Earth
    Down to Earth
  • Blues of Otis Spann/Cracked Spanner Head
    Blues of Otis Spann/Cracked Spanner Head

Otis Spann. Artist Bio

Otis Spann (March 21, 1930 – April 24, 1970) was an American blues musician.

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Spann became known for his distinct piano style. Playing piano since the age of eight, Spann was already working with bands in his hometown when he was just fourteen. A few years later saw Spann move to Chicago, playing solo gigs and by the early '50s he could be found accompanying Louisiana guitarist Morris Pejoe's band. Spann was Muddy Waters' pianist from 1952 to 1960 and appeared on many of Muddy's classic tracks including the well-known "Hoochie Coochie Man", before eventually forming his own band.
During the mid '50s Spann recorded for Chess as a session pianist contributing to the works of many now famous blues artists including the like of Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter and Bo Diddley. In the late 1960s, he appeared on albums with Buddy Guy, Peter Green and Fleetwood Mac.
Although known for his amazing piano playing, Spann was an accomplished vocalist and combined his musical talents to great effect.

Sadly Spann passed away at Cook County Hospital in 1970, apparently from cancer-related causes.

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