Albums (year released)
- Chicago Blues Festival (2009)
- Live and in Concert from San Francisco (2006)
- Any Place I’m Going (1998)
- Ain’t Enough Comin’ In (1994)
- Live in Europe (1993)
- Lost In The Blues (1991)
- Blues Interaction: Live in Japan (1989)
- Top (1988)
- Troubles Troubles (1978)
- Right Place, Wrong Time, 1976
- So Many Roads (1976)
- Cold Day in Hell (1975)
- Screamin’ and Cryin (1974)
- Mourning in the Morning (1969)
by Marlon Matthews (SHS)
Otis Rush is maybe the greatest guitar king ever to make Chicago blues. Rush is also known as “Little Otis” to all the big time blues stars in Chicago. Otis Rush is well known for his electrifying voice and for being one of the first baritones to reach popularity in the blues industry. Rush uses his great voice to deliver his songs with plenty of experience and pure emotion.
Otis Rush was born one of seven children in Philadelphia, Mississippi, on April 29, 1934. As a child, he wanted a lot of attention from his mother when he was younger. Rush worked in the fields to help his mother in his younger days. Otis, along with his other brothers and sisters. had to support each other without the help from a father figure. (Living Blues 96)
Rush moved to Chicago in 1948, but he had learned to play the guitar, which he played upside down and left-handed. and harmonica as a child in Mississippi. That’s when he found out that he could play, create, and write songs for himself. By 1954 he had begun to play the guitar in earnest, inspired first by the rugged Delta blues of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf and then by the recordings of B.B and Albert King. Rush gained enough respect in Chicago blues circles for the composer and bass player Willie Dixon to help him secure a recording contract with Cobra Records in 1956. (www.Blueflamecafe.com)
Rush signed with Cobra Recordings. He released his first single Can’t Quit You Baby and became number nine on the top- ten list. (www.Blueflamecafe.com) Cobra Recording collapsed so Rush had to go elsewhere. For a time he recorded with Chess Records, Duke Records, Atlantic Records, Capitol Records, and Quicksilver Recording Company.
Although Otis Rush has gone through hard times and situations in his lifetime, he still remains one of the greatest blues artists in the United States. He still performs although for a time he had gone into retirement. Otis Rush has to be one of Mississippi’s most talented artists.
- 1934 Otis Rush born in Philadelphia, Mississippi
- 1948 Otis Rush moved to Chicago.
- 1954 Rush began playing the guitar.
- 1956 Otis Rush signed a contract with Cobra Records.
- 1960 Rush signed with Chess Records.
- 1961 Rush switched to Duke Recording Label.
- 1969 Rush received a contract with Cotillion Records.
- 1970 Rush signed a contract with Capitol Records.
- 1976 Bullfrog recording label bought Rush’s song “Right Place, Wrong Time”
- 1984 Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame
- 1994 Rush under Quicksilver Records Released the album Ain’t Enough Common’ In.
- 1998 Won a Grammy award for Any Place I’m Going
- “Otis Rush”. Online. Available http://www.blueflamecafe.com.April 25,1999.
- “Otis Rush”. Online Available http://www.jellyroll.com. May 5, 1999.
- “Otis Rush Interview” Living Blues Magazine