OTIS HEAD, 1919-2014

OTIS HEAD, 1919-2014

Otis Head, a harmonica virtuoso, a boxer, a music promoter, a record producer, an entrepreneur and a radio personality who clocked nearly 60 years on the air, died April 8 at Heritage Health Care in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. He was 94.

Born near Prater’s Mill, north of Varnell, Ga., Head began his performing career with Doc Chamberlain’s Medicine Show, hosted by Ramblin’ Tommy Scott, in the late 1930s.

Bill Monroe and Charlie Louvin were among the many artists whose shows he promoted in northwestern Georgia. Specializing in bluegrass, Country Music and gospel, his radio program, “The Otis Head Show,” debuted in 1959 on WBLJ in Dalton, Ga., and came to an end on WTTI, also in Dalton, in March 2014.

In 2008, he was inducted into the Atlanta County Music Hall of Honor.