Clyde Otis Dies
January 11, 2008 at 3:30 PM (PT)
ALL ACCESS sends condolences out to the friends and family of songwriter/producer CLYDE OTIS, who died on TUESDAY (1/9) at his home in ENGLEWOOD, NJ.
OTIS was considered one of the most prolific songwriters and producers of the post-war era. He joined MERCURY RECORDS in 1958 and made music business history as the first African-American A&R executive for a major label. OTIS later formed THE CLYDE OTIS MUSIC GROUP.
During his career, OTIS worked with legendary artists such as NAT KING COLE, ELVIS PRESLEY, ARETHA FRANKLIN, JOHNNY MATHIS, PATTI PAGE, CHARLIE RICH, SONNY JAMES, BROOK BENTON, SARAH VAUGHN, TIMU YURO and THE DIAMONDS. One of his most notable productions was for the DINAH WASHINGTON hit, "What A Difference A Day Makes."
He is survived by his wife LOURDES, and three children.