Otis Day & the Knights

Although they were brought together strictly to perform in the John Belushi-starring film Animal House, Otis Day & the Knights continued living up to their claim as "the number one party band in America" for decades afterward. Led by effervescent vocalist/actor DeWayne Jessie, the group continued to inspire dancing and good times with their treatment of late-'50s and early-'60s R&B and rock. Madison, Wisconsin-born Jessie began performing early. As a teen, he wore a mouse suit to entertain diners at a local Chuck E. Cheese restaurant. Making his film debut in Jeff Bridges' 1970 flick Halls of Anger, he went on to appear in Car Wash, Thank God It's Friday, and Where the Buffalo Roam. He received an Image Award as a "supporting character" in The Bingo Long Traveling All Stars and Motor Kings.

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