Despite his success, Shuggie Otis has had it harder than most music lovers realize. Sure, he’s been sampled by almost every hip-hopper imaginable. And he wrote “Strawberry Letter 23,” a huge hit for the Brothers Johnson.The problem for Otis has really been escaping his own considerable shadow. The guy was a guitar god by age 15. The auteur of several classic (if poorly-selling) Psych-Funk albums by 21. He was actually asked to join the Rolling Stones as a replacement for Mick Taylor. That’s enough pressure to drive anyone underground. Luckily, at 59, Otis is out amongst us again. He’s touring and is re-releasing his masterpiece, Inspiration Information, plus the never-released Wings of Love. Spinner recently talked to the California native about his mysterious, misunderstood persona.
Read the Shuggie Otis Q&A at Spinner.
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Shuggie Otis’ Inspiration Information/Wings Of Love is a two-CD album that features the original nine songs from the 1974 album, Inspiration Information, four previously unreleased bonus tracks that were recorded in 1971 and a new album of 14 previously unreleased songs that were recorded in the years between 1975 and 2000.
One of the tracks, “Pling!” is the subject of an interview segment with Otis. In the segment, he explains the creative process behind the song and the motives behind his artistic choices.
Read more at Paste.