Otis Rush was born on 29 Apr 1934 in Philadelphia, Mississippi, and created his mark with his aggressive left-handed enjoying and passionate vocals after moving to Chicago.
He rose on the blues scene there alongside different new exponents of the ‘West Side’ style similar to buddy Guy, Magic SAM and Freddie King.
He recorded for Chess and Duke in the early 1960s, where his work continuing to be heard and admired by the new British exponents of the blues, notably John Mayall, whose Bluesbreakers recorded ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby.’
That song conjointly caught the ear of Page, and it became a part of the first led Zeppelin album, released in Jan 1969. Mayall’s band also recorded different key Rush songs as well as ‘Double trouble,’ all your Love’ and ‘So several Roads.’
Otis Rush was one amongst the last nice blues guitar heroes. He was an electrical God, says Gregg Parker, CEO and a founder of the Chicago Blues museum. Rush favourite to play to live audiences, from little clubs on the west side of Chicago to sold-out out venues in Europe and Japan.
Otis Rush was king of the Hill in Chicago from the late 1950s into the 1970s and even the 80s as a live artist, says Bates. however he got less national and international attention than another blues musicians because he wasn’t a big promoter. Rush won a Grammy for Best traditional Blues Recording in 1999 for anywhere i am Going, and he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984.
He is survived by his wife Masaki Rush, eight kids, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, according to a family statement.