Otis René

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Otis Joseph René Jr. (October 2, 1898 – April 5, 1970) was an American songwriter and record label owner. Otis René_sentence_0

As a songwriter, he is notable as the co-author of "When It's Sleepy Time Down South", which became a signature song for Louis Armstrong. Otis René_sentence_1

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Otis René was born in New Orleans. Otis René_sentence_2

Prior to devoting his full-time efforts to music, Otis René was a pharmacist in New Orleans. Otis René_sentence_3

He moved to Los Angeles and married in 1930. Otis René_sentence_4

He is best known as the co-author of the 1931 song "When It's Sleepy Time Down South", co-written with his brother Leon René, and Clarence Muse. Otis René_sentence_5

Other songs co-written by Otis René include "Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat", included by Murray Head on his 1975 album Say It Ain't So and "That's My Home", included by Tony Bennett on his 2002 album, A Wonderful World. Otis René_sentence_6

During the 1940s, with his brother, Leon René, Otis René established and ran the independent rhythm and blues labels Exclusive Records and Excelsior Records. Otis René_sentence_7

Otis was responsible for and publicly identified with Excelsior Records, while his brother Leon was identified with Exclusive Records. Otis René_sentence_8

Otis René was noted to have earned $25,000 on one song in 1945, "I'm Lost", recorded by the King Cole Trio. Otis René_sentence_9

René had written and produced the song, as well distributed the record. Otis René_sentence_10

In 1945, René was elected president of the newly established Pacific Coast Record Manufacturers' Association. Otis René_sentence_11

In support of their record labels, Otis René and Leon René purchased their own record plant, but when the format changed from 78 rpm to 45rpm, they could not press the new speed. Otis René_sentence_12

Otis René's Excelsior label existed from 1944 to 1951. Otis René_sentence_13

His brother Leon's Exclusive Records existed from 1944 to 1950. Otis René_sentence_14

Artists on Otis René's label included Herb Jeffries,Timmie Rogers and the Al Russell Trio. Otis René_sentence_15

In 1952, with saxophonist Preston Love, René launched the short-lived Spin Records. Otis René_sentence_16

The label released material by the Preston Love Orchestra, among others. Otis René_sentence_17

He died in Los Angeles, California, in 1970, aged 71. Otis René_sentence_18


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