Otis Blackwell’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

February 16, 1931

Death Date

May 6, 2002

Age of Death

71 years

Cause of Death


Place of Death

Nashville, Tennessee, United States



The songwriter Otis Blackwell died at the age of 71. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Lyricist known for Fever, Great Balls of Fire, Don’t Be Cruel, and All Shook Up. He influenced rock and roll.

He learned how to play the piano when he was a child.

He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1991.

He married Mamie Wiggins.

He wrote songs for Elvis Presley.



When I started writing it was kind of hard getting people to do my stuff. They’ say they couldn’t do my style.

Otis Blackwell

There have been many times when I’ve been asked to appear and I’d say to myself, what am I going to talk about? Early on, when I did interviews, I’d tell everyone, Don’t ask me about dates. I don’t even remember what I did yesterday.

Otis Blackwell

I used to go down every year for the remembrance of Elvis’ birthday. Memphis State College invited me to sit in the auditorium and speak to the people for one of those Elvis days.

Otis Blackwell

I got behind that pencil and nothing happened for many years, but since they put me in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, I’ve turned around. I took a good look at myself and said, I think it’s time to get back at work.

Otis Blackwell

I’d hate to be a songwriter starting a career today.

Otis Blackwell