The prodigiously gifted son of legendary band leader Johnny Otis sprang to fame in the late '60s and early '70s while still a teenager. Although he could play numerous instruments, he is probably most closely identified as a guitarist. His playing is an amalgam of blues styles reflecting a love for players like B.B. King and Johnny "Guitar" Watson. He issued numerous albums of R&B and West Coast blues, and the Brothers Johnson had a million-selling hit record thanks to a cover of his "Strawberry Letter 23" in 1977.