Shuggie Otis  

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Shuggie Otis (born Johnny Alexander Veliotes on November 30, 1953) is an American R&B, soul, rock, blues, and funk singer-songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. His composition "Strawberry Letter 23", covered by The Brothers Johnson, topped the Billboard R&B chart and reached the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1977. His 1975 single "Inspiration Information" reached number fifty-six on the R&B chart.





With The Johnny Otis Show

With Al Kooper

With Preston Love

With Guitar Slim Green



  • "Island Letter" sampled by Digable Planets for the track "For Corners" from the album Blowout Comb (1994).
  • "Strawberry Letter 23" sampled by DJ Quik for the track "Dollaz + Sense" from the album Safe + Sound (1995).
  • Also sampled by OutKast for the track "Ms. Jackson" from the album Stankonia (2001).
  • Also sampled by Beyoncé for the track "Be With You" from the album Dangerously In Love (2003).
  • "Rainy Day" sampled by Beyoncé for the track "Gift from Virgo" from the album Dangerously In Love (2003).
  • "Oxford Gray" sampled by RJD2 for the track "Ring Finger" from the album Since We Last Spoke (2004).
  • "Oxford Gray" sampled by Alchemist for the track "B.I.G T.W.I.N.S" from the album The Grimey Collection (2008).
  • "Not Available" sampled by J Dilla for the track "Donuts (Outro)" from the album Donuts (2006).
  • "Sweet Thang" sampled by Criolo for the track "Demorô" from the album "Ainda Há Tempo" (2006).

Guest appearances

  • Bass for Frank Zappa's track "Peaches en Regalia" from the album Hot Rats (1969).
  • Electric guitar for Mos Def's track "Blue Black Jack" from the album The New Danger (2004).
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  • Monica
  • Tevin Campbell

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