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Otis René

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Otis René


Otis René (2 October 1898, New Orleans – 5 April 1970, Los Angeles) was a notable American songwriter and record label owner.

Prior to devoting his full-time efforts to music, Otis René was a pharmacist in New Orleans. During the 1940s, with his brother, Leon René, Otis René established and ran the independent rhythm and blues labels Exclusive Records and Excelsior Records.

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.

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