A country singer
who has spent a little too much time in jail, Otis Lee Crenshaw
is the composer of such splendid songs as He Almost Looks Like You
('And when he calls another man's name/he almost looks like you'
), but it is for his between-song patter as much as his songwriting and performing skills that he is best known.
His observations on Jailhouse Rock
- pointing out that no warder ever held a party in any jail he
was in, and that the last thing you want to hear in jail is you're the cutest jailbird I ever did see
- have changed the way many see the song forever.
Then there's his celebrated comment - 'I've had nine wives, all of them called Brenda
. The psychiatrist says it's Oedipal
, but there's nothing wrong with it - leastways, that's what my mom, Brenda, says'.
Crenshaw often performs as support act to his nephew, comedian Rich Hall
, but many have suggested that he is in fact merely Hall with a small fake beard stuck on. We shall never know...