Although an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Shuggie is best known for writing “Strawberry Letter 23,” a #5 Pop hit for The Brothers Johnson in 1977. He has also garnered praise for his guitar skills on projects with Al Kooper, Frank Zappa, Etta James, and Bobby Blue Bland, among many others. Several songs from Inspiration Information have been sampled on pop hits such as Outkast’s “Ms. Jackson,” Beyonce’s “Be With You” and “Gift From Virgo,” and the list goes on. Under Shuggie’s personal supervision, his highly-acclaimed third and final solo album, 1974's Inspiration Information, will be released as a double-CD set on April 16, 2013, through Epic/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.
Inspiration Information / Wings of Love will feature the original Inspiration Information album alongside four previously-unreleased bonus tracks on disc one, while the second CD, titled Wings of Love, is an unreleased followup album which includes 14 unreleased live and studio tracks recorded by Shuggie between 1975 and 2000. A complete tracklisting for both discs will be released in the weeks to come.
Here are full details of Shuggie’s upcoming concert dates: Nov. 20-21st at the Jazz Café in London; Nov. 24th at La Bellevilloise, Paris; Nov. 26th at Trix, Antwerp; Nov. 27th at Gruenspan, Hamburg; Nov. 29th at the North Sea Jazz Club, Amsterdam; and December 1st at the Sugar Club, Dublin. Four nights later on December 5th, Shuggie will play a homecoming date at the intimate subterranean Echoplex venue in L.A.’s Echo Park area.
Big time Shuggie fan, Columbia recording artist, and album foreword writer Raphael Saadiq says, “Millions of thoughts fly through my mind when I think about the music of Shuggie Otis. “The word ‘genius’ is frivolously used these days, but when it comes to Shuggie and his brilliant body of work, it is not used often enough. His music is passion personified and you would have to be deaf not to hear it.”