Crazy Otto

Real Name:
Fritz Schulz-Reichel
Profile:
Fritz Schulz-Reichel (July 4, 1912 - February 4, 1990) was a German jazz and pop pianist.

Schulz-Reichel's father was a classical musician, and he began playing piano at the age of six. He developed an unusual technique where he played the melody of a tune with the left hand and the rhythm with the right hand.

While he trained to be a concert pianist, he chose a career in pop music, playing light jazz and pop tunes. He invented a device called the Tipsy Wire Box, which could be attached to a piano to make it sound like an out-of-tune barrelhouse upright. (Another interpretation is that "Tipsy Wire Box" was a slang expression for the piano itself, which was merely "detuned"; that is, one of the three strings that make up each note of the main section of the piano is slightly flatted, giving the piano the characteristic sound.)

In 1953 he adopted the moniker Schräger Otto (Crazy Otto), and recorded for Deutsche Grammophon. His tunes became hits in Germany, France, England, and America; his albums were released on Decca and MGM in the U.S.

In 1955, American musician Johnny Maddox made a medley of his songs, entitled "The Crazy Otto Medley"; this went to #2 on the U.S. charts, and in the U.S. both Reichel and Maddox were subsequently known as "Crazy Otto", to some confusion.

Schulz-Reichel continued to perform live and on film, and remained a popular jazz favorite in Germany for many years.
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Artist

Albums

Crazy Otto - Oldtimers album art Crazy Otto Oldtimers Polydor Germany 1955 Sell This Version
Crazy Otto - The Crazy Otto Cafe album art Loco Otto*, Dick Hyman Y Su Trío*, Jack Fina Y Su Orquesta*, Mike Di Napoli Y El Trío Frank Petty* Loco Otto*, Dick Hyman Y Su Trío*, Jack Fina Y Su Orquesta*, Mike Di Napoli Y El Trío Frank Petty* - The Crazy Otto Cafe (MiniAlbum, Album) MGM Records Argentina 1955 Sell This Version
Crazy Otto - Crazy Otto album art Crazy Otto Crazy Otto (Album) Decca Canada 1955 Sell This Version
Crazy Otto - Crazy Otto Rides Again album art Crazy Otto Crazy Otto Rides Again (Album) Polydor US 1956 Sell This Version
DL 8163 Crazy Otto Crazy Otto Rides Again(LP, Mono) Decca DL 8163 Canada 1956 Sell This Version
Crazy Otto - Happy Piano album art Crazy Otto Happy Piano (Album) Polydor Australia 1958 Sell This Version
Crazy Otto - Honky Tonk Piano album art Crazy Otto Honky Tonk Piano (Album) Decca Canada 1958 Sell This Version
Crazy Otto - Crazy Otto's Back In Town album art Crazy Otto Crazy Otto's Back In Town (Album) Decca US 1958 Sell This Version
Crazy Otto - Crazy Otto Goes Sentimental album art Crazy Otto Crazy Otto Goes Sentimental Vocalion (2) Canada 1959 Sell This Version
LPP-1001 Crazy Otto - Rhapsody In Japan album art Crazy Otto Rhapsody In Japan(10", Album, Mono) Polydor LPP-1001 Japan 1959 Sell This Version
Crazy Otto - Golden Award Songs album art Crazy Otto Golden Award Songs (Album) Decca Germany 1959 Sell This Version
Crazy Otto - Have Piano Will Travel album art Crazy Otto Have Piano Will Travel (Album) Decca Canada 1961 Sell This Version
Crazy Otto - Crazy Otto Plays Crazy Tunes album art Crazy Otto Crazy Otto Plays Crazy Tunes (Album) MGM Records US 1963 Sell This Version
Crazy Otto - More Crazy Otto album art Crazy Otto More Crazy Otto (Album) Polydor, Polydor Germany 1966 Sell This Version
Crazy Otto - Crazy Otto Beat album art Crazy Otto Crazy Otto Beat (Album) Polydor, Polydor New Zealand 1966 Sell This Version
Crazy Otto - Crazy Otto In London album art Crazy Otto Crazy Otto In London Polydor, Polydor New Zealand 1969 Sell This Version
Crazy Otto - Crazy Otto's Hitparade album art Crazy Otto Crazy Otto's Hitparade (Album) Polydor Germany 1970 Sell This Version
Crazy Otto - Crazy Otto's Ragtime Band album art Crazy Otto Crazy Otto's Ragtime Band (Album) Polydor Canada 1976 Sell This Version
Crazy Otto - As Preferidas Do Pau D'Agua album art Crazy Otto As Preferidas Do Pau D'Agua Polydor Australia Unknown Sell This Version
DL 8370 Crazy Otto - Not So Crazy Otto album art Crazy Otto Not So Crazy Otto(LP, Album, Mono) Decca DL 8370 US Unknown Sell This Version
2420 117 Crazy Otto - Honky-Tonk With Crazy Otto album art Crazy Otto Honky-Tonk With Crazy Otto(LP) Polydor Special 2420 117 Unknown Sell This Version
236 205 Crazy Otto - The Sound Of Crazy Otto album art Crazy Otto The Sound Of Crazy Otto(LP, Album) Polydor 236 205 UK Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Crazy Otto - Crazy Otto Medley album art Crazy Otto Crazy Otto Medley (EP) Polydor Germany 1953 Sell This Version
Crazy Otto - In The Mood / My Melancholy Baby album art Crazy Otto In The Mood / My Melancholy Baby (Single) Decca US 1955 Sell This Version
Crazy Otto - If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie) album art Crazy Otto If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie) Decca US 1955 Sell This Version