Musical renaissance man and Vallejo native Johnny Otis, often called the Godfather of R&B, died on Tuesday. His death was followed, this morning, by that of legendary R&B singer Etta James, whom Otis happened to have discovered and produced, and who lived in San Francisco’s Fillmore district as a kid.

The California Report’s Scott Shafer talks to pop music critic Steve Hochman and jazz reviewer Andrew Gilbert in a report on these two giants musical giants. Listen below…

Audio: The California Report on Johnny Otis and Etta James :|titles=johnnyandetta

You can also listen to Cy Musiker’s report on Johnny Otis from yesterday…


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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