From Examiner.com:”R& B singer-songwriter Johnny Otis died Tuesday at the age of 90, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times. Bob Dylan paid tribute to Otis, born John Alexander Veliotes, numerous times over the years.
Dylan was quoted in George Lipsitz’s book, Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story, saying, “Johnny’s career just dazzles the mind. From discovering Esther Phillips and Jackie Wilson, to being a drummer, singer, piano player, bandleader, hit maker, right down to sculpting and painting. He even lost a seat for the California State Assembly.
You can’t top that. Willie and the Hand Jive indeed.” The book also noted that “Dylan bought an artwork that Johnny Otis created”.