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 2, 1898 (New Orleans), Died April 5, 1970 (Los Angeles)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1947
Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, vocalist, composer
Notes: Brother of Leon René.
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
|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||PBS-061954||10-in.||12/10/1941||Someone's rocking my dreamboat||Eddie Beal Trio ; Four Tones||Vocal quartet, with jazz/dance trio||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|
|Victor||D7VB-0644||10-in.||3/11/1947||I sold my heart to the junkman||Etta Jones||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||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|
|Columbia||W351105||10-in.||9/22/1931||When it's sleepy time down South||Phil Hughes and his High Hatters [Selvin's Orchestra]||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||E37160||10-in.||9/15/1931||When it’s sleepy time down South||Mildred Bailey ; Casa Loma Orchestra||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E37173||10-in.||9/24/1931||When it’s sleepy time down South||Snooks Hotel Paramount Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E37328||10-in.||10/26/1931||When it’s sleepytime down South||Artie Dunn ; Les Reis||Male vocal duet, with piano and accordion||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|
|Brunswick||[Br cat 16341-a]||10-in.||approximately Aug. 1931||When it’s sleepy-time down South||Dixie Serenaders [Sonny Clay Orchestra]||Jazz/dance band, with vocal||songwriter|
|Decca||DLA 889||10-in.||9/7/1937||Sleepy time in Hawaii||Otis René||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "René, Otis," accessed November 29, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113807.
René, Otis. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 29, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113807.
"René, Otis." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 29 November 2022.
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