The son of R&B figurehead Johnny Otis, Shuggie Otis was a child prodigy who began appearing on albums as a session player in his early teens. Under the mentorship of his legendary father, Otis developed into a masterly guitar player, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He recorded a pair of eclectic solo albums (one of which contained the song "Strawberry Letter #23," a hit for the Brothers Johnson in 1977) before releasing the enormously groundbreaking INSPIRATION INFORMATION in 1974. The album is considered a psychedelic soul/funk classic, and inspired artists as varied as Prince, D'Angelo, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. David Byrne's Luaka Bop label reissued the coveted album in the mid '90s.