Johnny Guitar Watson

Real Name:
John Jacob Watson
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Born: 3rd February 1935, Houston, Texas, USA.
Died: 17th May 1996, Yokohama, Japan.

Seminal electric blues & rhythm & blues guitarist of the mid-1950s, with hits like "Gangster Of Love". Performed with artists such as Little Richard and worked in synthesizer productions in the 1960s.

In later years his work was a source for sampling by artists such as Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg. He also worked on a number of recordings and projects with Frank Zappa, who cites Watson: "Watson's 1956 song, 'Three Hours Past Midnight' inspired me to become a guitarist."

Watson learned the rudiments of music on the piano as a child. He took up the guitar on the agreement with his preacher grandfather that he would not use it to 'play the blues'. His family moved to Los Angeles in the '50s and, as a teenager, he cut his teeth playing guitar, piano and singing in local LA 'jump bands'. Watson collapsed and died onstage of cardiac infarction whilst performing in Japan.
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CLP 5358 Johnny Guitar Watson - Bobby "Blue" Bland, Jimmy Soul And Johnny "Guitar" Watson album art Bobby "Blue" Bland*, Jimmy Soul And Johnny "Guitar" Watson* Bobby "Blue" Bland*, Jimmy Soul And Johnny "Guitar" Watson* - Bobby "Blue" Bland, Jimmy Soul And Johnny "Guitar" Watson (Album) Crown Records (2) CLP 5358 US 1963 Sell This Version
857 Johnny Guitar Watson - Johnny "Guitar" Watson album art Johnny "Guitar" Watson* Johnny "Guitar" Watson (Album) King Records (3) 857 US 1963 Sell This Version
LP-1490 Johnny Guitar Watson - The Blues Soul Of Johnny (Guitar) Watson album art Johnny (Guitar) Watson* The Blues Soul Of Johnny (Guitar) Watson (Album) Chess LP-1490 US 1965 Sell This Version
OKS 14118 Johnny Guitar Watson - Bad album art Johnny Watson* Bad (Album) Okeh OKS 14118 US 1967 Sell This Version
F-9437 Johnny Guitar Watson - Listen album art Johnny Guitar Watson Listen (Album) Fantasy F-9437 US 1973 Sell This Version
F-9484 Johnny Guitar Watson - I Don't Want To Be Alone, Stranger album art Johnny Guitar Watson I Don't Want To Be Alone, Stranger (Album) Fantasy F-9484 US 1975 Sell This Version
503017 Johnny Guitar Watson - Ain't That A Bitch album art Johnny Guitar Watson Ain't That A Bitch (Album) DJM Records (2) 503017 France 1976 Sell This Version
DJM 42105 Johnny Guitar Watson - A Real Mother For Ya album art Johnny Guitar Watson A Real Mother For Ya (Album) DJM Records (2) DJM 42105 UK 1977 Sell This Version
DJM8-714 Johnny Guitar Watson - Funk Beyond The Call Of Duty album art Johnny Guitar Watson Funk Beyond The Call Of Duty (Album) DJM Records (2) DJM8-714 US 1977 Sell This Version
DJF 20551 Johnny Guitar Watson - Giant album art Johnny Guitar Watson Giant (Album) DJM Records (2) DJF 20551 Europe 1978 Sell This Version
DJM-24 Johnny Guitar Watson - What The Hell Is This? album art Johnny Guitar Watson What The Hell Is This? (Album) DJM Records (2) DJM-24 US 1979 Sell This Version
DJM-31, 6372.860 Johnny Guitar Watson - Love Jones album art Johnny Guitar Watson Love Jones (Album) DJM Records (2), DJM Records (2) DJM-31, 6372.860 US 1980 Sell This Version
DJL-7052 Johnny Guitar Watson - Johnny "Guitar" Watson And The Family Clone album art Johnny Guitar Watson Johnny "Guitar" Watson And The Family Clone (Album) DJM Records (2), DJM Records (2) DJL-7052 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
AMS-20002 Johnny Guitar Watson - That's What Time It Is album art Johnny Guitar Watson That's What Time It Is (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records AMS-20002 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
VV69 Johnny Guitar Watson - Strike On Computers album art Johnny Guitar Watson Strike On Computers (Album) Valley Vue Records VV69 US 1984 Sell This Version
BR 71007 2 Johnny Guitar Watson - Bow Wow album art Johnny "Guitar" Watson* Bow Wow (Album) Wilma Records BR 71007 2 US 1994 Sell This Version
NEM CD 774 Johnny Guitar Watson - Ain't That A Bitch album art Johnny Guitar Watson Ain't That A Bitch(CD, Album, RE) Sequel Records NEM CD 774 UK 1996 Sell This Version
COL-CD-7619 Johnny Guitar Watson - The Best Of The Okeh Years album art Johnny "Guitar" Watson* Featuring Larry Williams (3) & The Johnny "Guitar" Watson Trio* Johnny "Guitar" Watson* Featuring Larry Williams (3) & The Johnny "Guitar" Watson Trio* - The Best Of The Okeh Years(CD, Album) Collectables COL-CD-7619 US 2004 Sell This Version
V.S.O.P. #117 CD Johnny Guitar Watson - The Original Gangster Of Love, The "Keen Records" Sessions. album art Johnny "Guitar" Watson* The Original Gangster Of Love, The "Keen Records" Sessions.(CD, Album) V.S.O.P. Records V.S.O.P. #117 CD US 2006 Sell This Version
N 77039 Johnny Guitar Watson - At Onkel Pö's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1976 album art Johnny "Guitar" Watson* At Onkel Pö's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1976 (Album) Jazzline N 77039 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
MP 42011 Johnny Guitar Watson - Live ! album art Johnny Guitar Watson Live !(HDCD, Album) Masterplan (2) MP 42011 Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

447 Johnny Guitar Watson - Oh Baby/ Give A Little album art Johnny "Guitar" Watson and His Orchestra, Johnny Guitar Watson Johnny "Guitar" Watson and His Orchestra, Johnny Guitar Watson - Oh Baby/ Give A Little RPM Records (5) 447 US 1955 Sell This Version
45x423 Johnny Guitar Watson - Hot Little Mamma / I Love To Love You album art Johnny "Guitar" Watson* Hot Little Mamma / I Love To Love You (Single) RPM Records (5) 45x423 US 1955 Sell This Version
45x431 Johnny Guitar Watson - Too Tired / Don't Touch Me album art Johnny Guitar Watson Too Tired / Don't Touch Me(7") RPM Records (5) 45x431 1955 Sell This Version
436 Johnny Guitar Watson - Those Lonely Lonely Nights / Someone Cares For Me album art Johnny "Guitar" Watson* Those Lonely Lonely Nights / Someone Cares For Me (Single) RPM Records (5) 436 US 1955 Sell This Version

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tolteke2007

tolteke2007

October 18, 2012
edited over 8 years ago
Johnny ´Guitar´ Watson - Superman Lover: The Ultimate Collection (3xCD - Sanctuary #SMETD-008)
helloworld

helloworld

December 17, 2004
edited over 16 years ago
Johnny Guitar Watson was a real rocker. In the 50's he made advanced (for decades ahead) records like space guitar. He's discovered and played in the Johnny Otis Show 'headspinning & guitar playing with his mouth' with some of the most crucial R&B acts (since R & B is founded). His reputation was equally to B.B. King's and his outstanding guitar playing can be compared to Syl Johnson's (sang 'I resign'(50's), Different Strokes' (60's), 'Is it because I'm black' (70's) - both are excellent guitar players and vocalists).

Johnny 'Guitar' Watson's carreer in the 70's was in the DISCO-scene. Styled like a mix of P-Diddy ('master pimp in white suits') & Lil'John (& Eastside Boyz - rude boy with flashing gold tooth/diamond inlay) he sangs and plays ruff things: 'Ain't that a bitch'/'Gangster of Love'/'What The Hell Is This'/'A Real Mother For Ya' (& many more tracks).

Definitly a Joker in the black music game (you must have like James Brown to see where is HipHop coming from (it's not out of the blue)).

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