*Johnny Otis was born on this date in 1921. He was a Greek American singer, musician, composer, and record producer.
Born Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes, in Vallejo, California, he was often referred to as the "Godfather of Rhythm and Blues". Otis was the child of Greek immigrants Alexander J. Veliotes, a Mare Island longshoreman and grocery store owner, and his wife, the former Irene Kiskakes, a painter. He was the older brother of Nicholas A. Veliotes, former U.S. Ambassador to Jordan (1978–1981) and to Egypt (1984–1986).