Otis René

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

Birth and Death Data: Born October 2nd, 1898 (New Orleans), Died April 5th, 1970 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, vocalist, composer

Notes: Brother of Leon René.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBVE-68382 10-in. 8/19/1932 I'm Mr. African Leon René Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor PBVE-68383 10-in. 8/19/1932 My home Leon René Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter, vocalist  
Victor PBVE-68391 10-in. 9/17/1932 I'm gonna pack my grip Leon René Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, songwriter  
Victor BVE-70611 10-in. 10/4/1931 When it's sleepy time down South Mildred Bailey ; King's Jesters ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal trio songwriter  
Victor BS-74820 10-in. 12/8/1932 That's my home Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with trumpet solo and male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor CS-74878 12-in. 12/21/1932 Medley of Armstrong hits Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and trumpet solo songwriter  
Victor LBS-74879 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 12/21/1932 Medley of Armstrong hits Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and trumpet solo songwriter  
Victor PBS-97206 10-in. 12/31/1935 Dusty road Nelson Eddy ; Nathaniel Shilkret Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor PBVE-1306 10-in. 10/14/1931 Sleepy time down South Phil Harris Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor PBS-09577 10-in. 7/7/1937 When it's sleepy time down South Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-022118 10-in. 4/4/1938 Sleepy time down South Vernon Geyer ; Bill Radebaugh Organ solo, with piano, vibraphone, and male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-047360 10-in. 3/4/1940 When it's sleepy time down South Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and trumpet solo songwriter  
Victor PBS-061927 10-in. 11/24/1941 Someone's rocking my dreamboat Four King Sisters ; Rhythm Reys Female vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-063825 10-in. 4/28/1941 When it's sleepy time down South Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-067546 10-in. 8/8/1941 Someone's rocking my dream boat Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Jimmy Mitchell Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-068801 10-in. 12/23/1941 Someone's rocking my dreamboat Ken Curtis ; Shep Fields ; New Music [Shep Fields] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-068805 10-in. 12/23/1941 Someone's rocking my dreamboat Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Paula Kelly Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W144763 10-in. 10/14/1927 In my dreams (I'm jealous of you) Dixieland Blue Blowers ; Curtis Mosby ; Henry Starr Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W147817 10-in. 1/21/1929 Between you and me (And the deep blue sea) Dixieland Blue Blowers ; Curtis Mosby Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W151803 10-in. 9/21/1931 When it's sleepy time down south Ipana Troubadours ; Sam Lanin Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
OKeh W404424 10-in. 4/20/1931 When it's sleepy time down South Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Brunswick C7916 10-in. 7/27/1931 When it’s sleepy time down South Jimmie Noone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Brunswick LAE10 10-in. Dec. 1927 In my dreams (I’m jealous of you) Sonny Clay Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Decca DLA 889 10-in. 9/7/1937 Sleepy time in Hawaii Otis René vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "René, Otis," accessed July 30, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113807.

René, Otis. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 30, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113807.

"René, Otis." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 July 2021.

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