The Clyde Otis Music Group

TSM represents The Clyde Otis Music Group licensing/sync rights for: World

Artist Description: The Clyde Otis Music Group is a classic soul, R'n'B and hip hop catalog that includes some of the most widely covered and sampled works to date. Producers, writers and artists including Drake, Van Morrison, Michael Buble, Sharon Jones, Jamie XX, ASAP MOB, Christina Aguilera and Rihanna have tapped into The Clyde Otis Music Group over the past few decades to find classic, soulful songs, interpreting them into modern versions or by sampling Otis' writing. These and other modern iterations prove the catalog's everlasting wealth of catchy choruses and classic hooks and that strong songwriting is the pillar of timeless music. 

Clyde Otis remains an important historical figure in music from several angles: as a songwriter, a self-made producer, and A&R man. He wrote over 800 songs, responsible for a slew of chart toppers during his four-decade career. Otis was also among the first wave of songwriters who fought major labels for the right to keep his publishing while simultaneously working as a writer and producer. In 1958, his work caught the ear of the head of Mercury Records, and Otis was hired that year as the first African-American A&R executive for a major label. During his four short years with the label, Otis helped the company earn over $100 million in revenues, remarkably penning 33 of 51 hits for Mercury in 1962 alone.

Throughout his career, Clyde Otis worked and wrote with Aretha Franklin, Nat King Cole, BB King, the Isley Brothers, Dinah Washington and Wilson Pickett. His strength as a songwriter and producer was not limited to the sounds of the 1960s, and Otis saw success while living and writing in Nashville in the country music scene, working with Charlie Rich, Glen Campbell, Charlie Pride, and Randy Travis.

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