Otis Blackwell Otis Blackwell wrote more than a thousand songs for top name performers, including Elvis Presley and Billy Joel. Some of Blackwell's best known hits include Don't Be Cruel and All Shook Up. Blackwell died last night at the age of 70. Liane Hansen talks about Blackwell's career with Peter Guralnick, author of Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley. (5:00) The book is published by Little Brown, 1999.