Album of the Day: Otis Day & The Knights (10/3/89)

31N55N6SNGL._SL160_Actor DeWayne Jessie had more than a dozen small movie roles, but none were as memorable as his lip-synced appearance as the frontman for the fictional R&B/soul band, Otis Day & The Knights, in the classic 1978 frat house movie Animal House. Cashing in on the success of the film, Jessie formed a real band, kept the name (presumably with the blessing of the movie’s producers), and toured extensively during the 80s. A lone album, Shout, was released on October 3, 1989. Master funkster and Parliament/Funkadelic leader George Clinton produced it, which accounts for the funk flavoring on most tracks, including remakes of the two songs from the film, “Shout” (an Isley Brothers original) and the shuffling doo wop ballad “Shama Lama Ding Dong.” Shout and the Animal House soundtrack are available as CDs on Amazon.

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