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 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 (Results 26-31 of 31 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-31 of 31 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "René, Otis," accessed December 2, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113807.

René, Otis. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 2, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113807.

"René, Otis." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 2 December 2022.

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