Ahmet Ertegun Award
Otis Blackwell was there when rock and roll took its first steps.
Otis Blackwell’s enduring hits took the embryonic genre of rock to a full-blown movement. Heis the genius behind “Fever,” “All Shook Up,” “Great Balls of Fire” and other classics.
Carole King Inducts Otis BlackwellCarole King Inducts Otis Blackwell at the 2010 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
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Hall of Fame Essay
Otis Blackwell wrote as many as a thousand songs over his lifetime, and they’re said to have sold more than 200 million copies.
Certainly, he was one of the most significant songwriters of the mid-twentieth century. He was also one of the first to come of age at the point that rock & roll was supplanting pop as America’s music of choice, and he found himself perfectly placed to facilitate the transition.
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