Responsible for writing some of the greatest and most well-known songs of the 50’s, Otis Blackwell is something of a musical legend! Born in the early 30’s Blackwell sculpted out a very successful career for himself, excelling as a singer-songwriter and pianist. His work heavily influenced rock and roll and come of his greatest compositions include, Fever (recorded by Little Willie John), Great Balls of Fire and Breathless (recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis), Don’t Be Cruel, All Shook Up and Return to Sender (with Winfield Scott – recorded by Elvis Presley) and Handy Man (recorded by Jimmy Jones).
Recording well over 1,000 songs, all of which have sold nearly 200 million records, Blackwell’s works have also been recorded into immortality by a host of other major figures in the music field, including, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, James Brown, The Who, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty, The Judds, Carl Perkins, and Peggy Lee, among numerous others….what an extensively impressive repertoire!!!
Daddy Rollin’ Stone was recorded for producer and label executive Joe Davis. It was released in 1953 on Joe Davis’ label, Jay-Dee Records and although only a minor hit for Blackwell, was years later covered and recorded by the likes of The Who (1965), New York Dolls (1984), Johnny Thunders (1978), Streetwalkers (1976) and Derek Martin (1963) – Amongst a few others! Check it out above.