One thing to do Thursday: See a long-lost soul hero play live

Shuggie Otis returns to the public eye after a long absence, with a few shows at B.B. King's this week.

Shuggie Otis

Shuggie Otis Photograph: Courtesy Big Hassle

So little was heard from long-lost soul hero Shuggie Otis in the three decades since he vanished from the music scene in the mid-‘70s, that some believed he'd died, so it was a truly wondrous surprise to find the singer playing a handful of small shows in London and New York last year in readiness for a major comeback.

Why the excitement? Otis is the genius behind such sunshine-warm hits like "Strawberry Letter 23" and "Information Inspiration," and you've likely heard snips of his work via samples from the likes of Beyoncé and OutKast. If you're not familiar with the sounds of Shuggie, you couldn't pick a better time to catch up. For more from the artist, check out our recent interview with Otis.