... Shuggie Otis Harvey Mandel Wayne Perkins Steve Marriott Mick Ronson Dave "Clem" Clempson Nils Lofgren Robert A. When Billy Preston called with the proposal, Otis politely declined. Shuggie Otis Engineer, Producer, Arranged By, Written-By, Guitar, Bass, Organ, Piano, Vibraphone, Percussion. Preternaturally gifted, when he was dropped from his label he trusted the divinity of his talent. Music, Film, TV and Political News Coverage. Johnny Otis Engineer, Executive-Producer. Shuggie Otis arrives late for our interview with what is clearly a massive hangover. Subscribe now for more from the authority on music, entertainment, politics and pop culture. The best in culture from a cultural icon. "I just wanted to do what I want to do. The 21-year-old Otis politely declined saying that he had his own band and that he'd just signed a record deal. Shuggie Otis turned down offers to be in the bands of the Rolling Stones… Mick Taylor announced he was leaving the Rolling Stones in December of 1974 and so the Stones began auditions for a new guitarist and eventually selected Ronnie Wood. That was certainly a heavy load to foist upon the shoulders of young Shuggie. Spurning the Rolling Stones, a seventies psychedelic soul man found his way. Around the time of Inspiration's release, the Rolling Stones offered Mick Taylor's newly vacated guitar spot to Shuggie. Get The Magazine. A couple of the tracks showcase Shuggie's excellent guitar playing (the Rolling Stones wanted Shuggie as Mick Taylor's replacement back in 74), but much like II demonstrates what a great songwriter/stylist/arranger, etc., Shuggie is. Billy Preston recommended the guitar virtuoso to the Rolling Stones to take over for a departing Mick Taylor. I have been pondering this question recently. He was rock’s most wanted, declining offers to join the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Blood, Sweat & … Shuggie Otis: 'It's a miracle - now I don't have the craving, my chops came back' ... "Hey, I'm sitting here with the Rolling Stones and they're looking for a new guitar player." The press said Shuggie Otis would be the next Jimi Hendrix. I had my own identity." "I had my own group, my own label deal," he said years later. We all know now, that Jimi Hendrix had a hard time being Jimi Hendrix. Shuggie Otis survived, even if he bears some scars and eccentricities.