He was a seminal influence on American R&B and rock and roll. He discovered numerous artists early in their careers who went on to become highly successful in their own right, including Little Esther Phillips, Etta James, Big Mama Thornton, Johnny Ace, Jackie Wilson, Little Willie John, Hank Ballard, and The Robins(who eventually changed their name to The Coasters), among many others. Otis has become widely synonymous with being known as the original “King of Rock and Roll”[ ] and the “Godfather of Rhythm and Blues”.
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