Johnny Otis was a musical holdover from the previous decade who had a monster hit in the summer of 1958 that at the time sounded "futuristic" - the chart-topper was essentially a "swan song" for Otis, like "Kokomo" was for the Beach Boys!
Lead guitarist on "Wille and the Hand Jive" is Jimmy Nolen, who would join the James Brown band in 1965. Nolen developed the distinctive "chicken scratch" or "chank" sound that would become James Brown's trademark funk sound. Nolen was with the Johnny Otis Show from 1957-1959. Johnny Otis wrote "Willie and the Hand Jive" and sings lead vocal. The single was released in the U.S. on Capitol Records.