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My Place: Songwriter Otis Blackwell

Courtesy, All Songs
Songwriter Otis Blackwell wrote lots of memorable songs, including the Elvis Presley hit, "Don't Be Cruel".

Otis Blackwell grew up in Brooklyn in the 1930s, listening to cowboy music. Blackwell went on to write some of the biggest seminal hits of the early rock-and-roll era.

This week on My Place, we'll spotlight some of the compositions written by Blackwell as recorded by Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and others.

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