April 29st 1934

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Revered by blues and rock musician's alike, legendary guitarist/vocalist Otis Rush is perhaps the most intense, soulful bluesman of his era. Since the 1950s when he had his first chart topping hit on Cobra Records, « I Can't Quit You Baby », Rush has gone on to influence musicians such as, Michael Bloomfield, Peter Alison, Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughn.


I Can't Quit You Baby


Otis Rush, along with Buddy Guy and Magic Sam, pioneered the « West Side South », a minor-key sound, characterized by impassioned gospel-tinged vocals and bursts of arpeggio guitar riffs.


His unique approach is offset by his left-handed technique – playing the guitar upside-down and backwards, Otis Rush bends the strings downward for dramatic effect.


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Born in Philadelphia (Mississippi – USA) in 1935, Otis Rush is a self-taught musician who began playing the guitar at the age of eight. Moving to Chicago in 1949, he was introduced to the blues. He made the decision to become a performer after he saw Muddy Waters for the first time.


Otis Rush's impact on the local scene was immediate. His sophisticated approach to the blues won the admiration of his peers, who sought to emulate his playing. Muddy Waters himself, became a devotee. Citing Otis as one of the deepest of deep bluesmen, he commented to Robert Palmer in Deep Blues  : "he's so good man".


Otis recorded other classic sides for Cobra Rec. during the label's brief history. From 1956 to '58, he wrote and recorded the minor key masterpiece, Double Trouble, the devasting "My Love Will Never Die", the insightful "Three Times A Fool", the passionate "Keep On Loving Me Baby" and "All Your Love (I Miss Loving)", the Earl Hooker inspired.


My Love Will Never Die


Three Times A Fool


Keep On Loving Me Baby


All Your Love (I Miss Loving)


Produced by Willie Dixon, Otis Rush recorded on Chicago's west side, with a combo featuring like Turner on guitar, Big Walter Horton and Little Walter on harmonica and Little Brother Montgomery on piano. Eli Toscano, Cobra's co-owner, was a gambler and lost the label in 1959.


Otis went to on record for Chess Records and Duke Records. Aside from releasing the classic "So Many Roads, So Many Trains" for Chess and "Homework" for Duke the labels chose not to mine his enormous talent.


So Many Roads, So Many Trains




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They kept career in limbo until the mid-sixties, when he participated in sessions for Vanguard Records on the popular anthology, Chicago / The Blues / Today!


the Funky Soul story - Chicago / The Blues / Today !


Under the auspices of Michael Bloomfield and Nick Graventes, Otis recorded the underrated album Morning in the Morning in 1969, with the Muscle Shoals rhythm section. The track "Reap What You Sow" with its hair-raising emotional intensity is a cornerstone of modern Chicago blues.


Reap What You Sow


As blues-derived rock dominated the charts throughout the 70s and 80s, Otis Rush toured throughout the world and at home, but went shamefully under-recorded.


In 1971, he recorded the gem Right Place, Wrong Time for Capitol Records. Inexplicably, the album remained in the vaults until it was picked up five years later by the tiny Bullfrog label.


Finally, in 1994, Otis returned to the studio with a vengeance.


He recorded the critically acclaimed album Ain't Enough Comin' In for producer John Porter on Mercury Records. In 1998 he recorded the Grammy Awards winning "Any Place I 'Going", produced by legendary Memphis producer, Willie Mitchell.


Any Place I 'Going


Over the past few years, Otis has appeared on albums by Peter Green and John Mayall, and contributed songs to Eric Clapton, Led Zepplin, and Bo Diddley tribute albums.


Two recent and wildly popular releases (2006), All Your Love I Miss Loving, Live au Wise Fools Pub, Chicago, recorded in 1976, and cd/dvd set Otis Rush et Friends: Live à Montreux 1986, with Eric Clapton and Luther Alison, revisit stunning moments in blues history.


Throughout a career lasting six decades, Otis Rush remains the quintessential blues man.





source : official website



- Studios albums -


1956-1958 / The Classic Cobra Recordings

the Funky Soul story - Otis Rush - The Classic Cobra Recordings (1956-1958)

01. I Can't Quit You Baby

02. Sit Down Baby

03. Violent Love

04. My Love Will Never Die

05. Groaning The Blues

06. If You Were Mine

07. Love That Woman

08. Jump Sister Bessie

09. Three Times A Fool

10. She's A Good 'Un

11. It Takes Time

12. Checking On My Baby

13. Double Trouble

14. Keep On Loving Me Baby

15. All Your Love (I Miss Loving)

16. My Baby Is A Good 'Un

17. I Can't Quit You Baby (Take 3)

18. Little Red Rooster (Unissued)

19. Groaning The Blues (Take 3)

20. My Love Will Never Die (Take Unknown)

21. She's A Good 'Un (Take 4)

22. Three Times A Fool (Take Unknown)

23. Double Trouble (Take 3)

24. Sit Down Baby (Take Unknown)

1969 / Mourning In The Morning

the Funky Soul story -  Otis Rush ‎– Mourning In The Morning (1969)

A1. Me

A2. Working Man

A3. You're Killing My Love

A4. Feel So Bad

A5. Gambler's Blues

A6. Baby, I Love You


B1. My Old Lady

B2. My Love Will Never Die

B3. Reap What You Sow

B4. It Takes Time

B5. Can't Wait No Longer

1974 / Screamin' And Cryin'

the Funky Soul story - Otis Rush -  Screamin' And Cryin' (1974)

A1. Looking Back

A2. You Gonna Need Me

A3. It's My Own Fault


B1. I Can't Quit You Baby

B2. Every Day I Have The Blues

B3. A Beautiful Memory

1975 / Cold Day In Hell

the Funky Soul story - Otis Rush -  Cold Day In Hell (1975)

A1. Cut You Loose

A2. You're Breaking My Heart

A3. Midnight Special

A4. Society Woman


B1. Mean Old World

B2. All You Love I Miss Loving / Jam

B3. Cold Day In Hell

B4. Motoring Along

1976 (recorded in 1971) / Right Place, Wrong Time

the Funky Soul story -  Otis Rush ‎– Right Place, Wrong Time (1971)

A1. Tore Up

A2. Right Place, Wrong Time

A3. Easy Go

A4. Three Times A Fool

A5. Rainy Night In Georgia


B1. Natural Ball

B2. I Wonder Why

B3. Your Turn To Cry

B4. Lonely Man

B5. Take A Look Behind

1978 / Troubles Troubles

the Funky Soul story - Otis Rush -  Troubles Troubles (1978)

A1. You Got Me Runnin'

A2. Little Red Rooster

A3. Whole Lot Of Lovin'

A4. It's Got To Be Some Changes Made

A5. You've Been An Angel


B1. You Don't Have To Go

B2. Troubles Troubles

B3. I Miss You So

B4. Hold Your Train

B5. Same Old Blues

1994 / Ain't Enough Comin' In

the Funky Soul story -  Otis Rush ‎– Ain't Enough Comin' In (1994)

01. Don't Burn Down The Bridge

02. That Will Never Do

03. Somebody Have Mercy

04. A Fool To You

05. Homework

06. My Jug And I

07. She's A Good 'Un

08. It's My Own Fault

09. Ain't Enough Comin'In

10. If I Had Any Sense, I'd Go Back Home

11. Ain't That Good News

12. As The Years Go Passing By

1998 / Any Place I'm Going

the Funky Soul story - Otis Rush - Any Place I'm Going (1998)

01. You Fired Yourself

02. Keep On Loving Me Baby

03. Part Time Love

04. I Got The Blues

05. The Right Time

06. Looking Back

07. Any Place I'm Going (Beats Every Place I've Been)

08. Laughin' And Clownin'

09. Pride And Joy

10. Have You Ever Had The Blues

11. Walking The Back Streets And Crying

- Lives albums -


1973 (published in 2015) / Double Trouble Live Cambridge

the Funky Soul story - Otis Rush - Double Trouble Live Cambridge (1973 (édité en 2015)

01. Intro - Watermelon Man

02. It Takes Time

03. I Can't Quit You Baby

04. Keep On Loving Me Baby

05. Popcorn

06. Gambler's Blues

07. Why I Sing The Blues

08. Please Love Me

09. Double Trouble

10. I Think It's Gonna Work Out Fine

11. Please, Please, Please

1977 (published in 1993) / Live In Europe

the Funky Soul story - Otis Rush - Live In Europe (1977 - édité en 1993)

01. Cut You Loose

02. All Your Love

03. You're Breaking My Heart

04. I Wonder Why

05. Feel So Bad

06. Society Woman / Love Is Just A Gamble

07. Crosscut Saw

08. I Can't Quit You Baby

09. I'm Tore Up

10. Looking Back

1986 / Live In Japan

the Funky Soul story - Otis Rush - Live In Japan (1986)

01. Introduction/Tops

02. All Your Love

03. Please Please, Please

04. Killing Floor

05. Stand By Me

06. Lonely Man

07. Double Trouble

08. Right Place, Wrong Time

09. Got My Mojo Working

10. Gambler's Blues (Encore)

1986 (published in 2006) / Live At Montreux

the Funky Soul story - Otis Rush - Live At Montreux (1986 - édité en 2006)

01. Tops

02. I Wonder Why (Will My Man Be Home Tonight)

03. Lonely Man

04. Gambler's Blues

05. Natural Ball

06. Right Place, Wrong Time

07. Mean Old World

08. You Don't Love Me

09. Crosscut Saw

10. Double Trouble

11. All Your Love (I Miss Loving)

12. Every Day I Have The Blues

1988  (published in 2016) / Live In Chicago '88 (with Buddy Guy)

the Funky Soul story - Otis Rush & Buddy Guy - Live In Chicago (1988, ré-édité en 2016)

01. Introduction

02. Comin' Home Baby

03. Jam

04. Instrumental

05. All Your Love

06. Crosscut Saw

07. I Wonder Why

08. Buddy Guy Intro Jam

09. Five Long Years

10. Look On Yonder Wall

11. Things (That) I Used To Do

12. I Smell A Rat

13. Gambler's Blues

14. Post Show Interview (with Buddy Guy)

2006 / Live ...And In Concert From San Francisco

the Funky Soul story - Otis Rush -  Live ...And In Concert From San Francisco (2006)

01. I Wonder Why

02. All Your Love (I Miss Loving)

03. It's My Own Fault

04. 717

05. I Can't Quit You Baby

06. Feel So Bad

07. Got My Mojo Working