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Johnny Guitar Watson

, 1935-1996 US, Houston
Musician of R&B/Soul and Blues
A.k.a. John Jacob Watson Young John Watson

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.

        
Instruments
  • Electric piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Guitar
  • Vocals
  • Organ
Genres
  • R&B/Soul
  • Blues
  • Rock
  • Jazz
  • Electronic

Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
For Gangsters And LoversJohnny Guitar Watson2018Compil.
Looking Back '65Johnny Guitar Watson / Larry Williams With The Stormsville Shakers2018Single
At Onkel Pö's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1976Johnny Guitar Watson2017Album
I Say, I Love You / Sweet Lovin' MamaJohnny Guitar Watson2015Single
Ain't Gonna Move / Wait A Minute BabyJohnny Guitar Watson2014Single
The Gangster Of Love Meets The Superman LoverJohnny Guitar Watson2014Compil.
What The Hell Is This? & Love JonesJohnny Guitar Watson2013Album
Johnny "Guitar" Watson And The Family Clone & Bow WowJohnny Guitar Watson2013Compil.
Ain't That A Bitch & A Real Mother For YaJohnny Guitar Watson2013Compil.
Funk Beyond The Call Of Duty & GiantJohnny Guitar Watson2013Compil.
The Original Gangster Of Love 1953-1959Johnny Guitar Watson2011Compil.
Space Guitar Master (1952-60 Recordings)Johnny Guitar Watson2011Compil.
Super - Casanova / Ms. JacksonSuper Lover Cee & Casanova Rud vs. The Winners vs. Johnny Guitar Watson2008Single
Rock 'n' Roll LegendJohnny Guitar Watson2008Compil.
The Very Best Of Johnny "Guitar" Watson - Gangster Of LoveJohnny Guitar Watson2008Compil.
Funk For Film & TvJohnny Guitar Watson2008Compil.
Untouchable! The Classic 1959-1966 RecordingsJohnny Guitar Watson2007Compil.
The Chronological Johnny Guitar Watson 1952-1955Johnny Guitar Watson2006Compil.
Best Of The Funk YearsJohnny Guitar Watson2006Compil.
Live In Concert 1993 (Audio CD Format)Johnny Guitar Watson2006Compil.
A Proper Introduction To Johnny Guitar Watson - Space GuitarJohnny Guitar Watson2006Compil.
The Funk AnthologyJohnny Guitar Watson2005Compil.
In ConcertJohnny Guitar Watson2005Album
Superman Lover - The Ultimate CollectionJohnny Guitar Watson2004Compil.
Please Send Me Someone To LoveJohnny Guitar Watson2004Compil.
You Need It - AnthologyJohnny Guitar Watson2002Compil.
You Need It - AnthologyJohnny Guitar Watson2002Album
The Essential Johnny "Guitar" WatsonJohnny Guitar Watson2002Compil.
Mood Music GuitarJohnny Guitar Watson2001Compil.
Live in Panama CityJohnny Guitar Watson1999Album
Blues Masters: The Very Best Of Johnny "Guitar" WatsonJohnny Guitar Watson1999Compil.
Gangster Of LoveJohnny Guitar Watson1997Compil.
Hot Just Like TNT - The Best Of His Early YearsJohnny Guitar Watson1996Compil.
The Best Of Johnny "Guitar" Watson: In Loving MemoryJohnny Guitar Watson1996Compil.
Best Of Johnny Guitar WatsonJohnny Guitar Watson1996Compil.
Lone RangerJohnny Guitar Watson1995Compil.
Hook Me UpJohnny Guitar Watson1995Album
Gangster Of Love (The Best Of)Johnny Guitar Watson1995Compil.
Bow WowJohnny Guitar Watson1994Single
SamplerJohnny Guitar Watson1994Album
Bow WowJohnny Guitar Watson1994Album
Gonna Hit That Highway - The Complete RPM RecordingsJohnny Guitar Watson1993Compil.
Listen / I Don't Want To Be Alone, StrangerJohnny Guitar Watson1992Compil.
Gangster of LoveJohnny Guitar Watson1991Compil.
16 Great HitsJohnny Guitar Watson1990Compil.
Real Blues For YaJohnny Guitar Watson1990Compil.
You Do Me Bad So Good (88 Remix)Johnny Guitar Watson1988Album
What The Hell Is ThisJohnny Guitar Watson1987Compil.
Gangsters Of LoveJohnny Guitar Watson / General Johnson1986Compil.
3 Hours Past MidnightJohnny Guitar Watson1986Compil.
I Heard That!Johnny Guitar Watson1985Compil.
Strike On ComputersJohnny Guitar Watson1984Album
Strike On ComputersJohnny Guitar Watson1984Album
Hit The HighwayJohnny Guitar Watson1983Compil.
The Planet FunkJohnny Guitar Watson1982Single
I Miss Your KissJohnny Guitar Watson1981Single
Ain't Movin / Come And Dance With MeJohnny Guitar Watson1981Single
That's What Time It IsJohnny Guitar Watson1981Album
Ain't Movin'Johnny Guitar Watson1981Single
That's What Time It IsJohnny Guitar Watson1981Single
The Very Best Of Johnny Guitar WatsonJohnny Guitar Watson1981Compil.
Johnny "Guitar" Watson And The Family CloneJohnny Guitar Watson1981Album
Love JonesJohnny Guitar Watson1980Album
Lone RangerJohnny Guitar Watson1980Single
Greatest HitsJohnny Guitar Watson1980Compil.
Booty OotyJohnny Guitar Watson1980Album
Love Jones / Asante SanaJohnny Guitar Watson1980Single
Souvenirs / Gangster Of LoveVoyage, Johnny Guitar Watson1979Album
What The Hell Is This?Johnny Guitar Watson1979Album
What The Hell Is This?Johnny Guitar Watson1979Single
What The Hell Is This?Johnny Guitar Watson1979Album
The King Story Vol. 6Johnny Guitar Watson1979Compil.
It's A Damn ShameJohnny Guitar Watson1978Single
GiantJohnny Guitar Watson1978Album
Miss Frisco (Queen Of The Disco)Johnny Guitar Watson1978Single
Gangster Of LoveJohnny Guitar Watson1978Album
Master FunkWatsonian Institute Featuring Johnny Guitar Watson1978Single
Love That Will Not DieJohnny Guitar Watson1977Single
A Real Mother For YaJohnny Guitar Watson1977Album
Those Lonely Lonely Nights / Oh BabeJohnny Guitar Watson1977Single
Hot Little MamaJohnny Guitar Watson1977Compil.
Lover Jones / TarzanJohnny Guitar Watson1977Single
You Can Stay But The Noise Must Go / Lonely Man's PrayerJohnny Guitar Watson1977Single
A Real Mother For YaJohnny Guitar Watson1977Single
The Real DealJohnny Guitar Watson1977Single
Gangster Of LoveJohnny Guitar Watson1977Compil.
Funk Beyond The Call Of DutyJohnny Guitar Watson1977Album
I Need ItJohnny Guitar Watson1976Single
The Gangster Is BackJohnny Guitar Watson1976Compil.
Ain't That A BitchJohnny Guitar Watson1976Album
Superman LoverJohnny Guitar Watson1976Single
Ain't That A BitchJohnny Guitar Watson1976Single
I Don't Want To Be A Lone RangerJohnny Guitar Watson1976Single
It's Too Late / TrippingJohnny Guitar Watson1975Single
I Don't Want To Be Alone, StrangerJohnny Guitar Watson1975Album
Hot GuitarJohnny Guitar Watson1974Single
ListenJohnny Guitar Watson1973Album
Like I'm Not Your ManJohnny Guitar Watson1973Single
Mama / There's A Recession Going OnJohnny Guitar Watson1971Single
Soul Food / I'd Rather Be Your BabyJohnny Guitar Watson1967Single
WolfmanJohnny Guitar Watson1967Single
She'll Blow Your MindJohnny Guitar Watson1967Single
BadJohnny Guitar Watson1967Album
South Like West (Instrumental) / Keep On Lovin' YouJohnny Guitar Watson1966Single
Ain't Gonna MoveJohnny Guitar Watson1966Single
The Blues Soul OfJohnny Guitar Watson1965Album
Big Bad WolfJohnny Guitar Watson1965Single
Wait a Minute Baby / Oh So FineJohnny Guitar Watson1964Single
Bobby "Blue" Bland, Jimmy Soul And Johnny "Guitar" WatsonBobby Bland, Jimmy Soul And Johnny Guitar Watson1963Album
Gangster Of Love / In The Evenin'Johnny Guitar Watson1963Single
That's The Chance You've Got To Take / Cold, Cold HeartJohnny Guitar Watson1963Single
I Say, I Love You / You Better Love MeJohnny Guitar Watson1963Single
Johnny "Guitar" WatsonJohnny Guitar Watson1963Album
Sweet Lovin' MamaJohnny Guitar Watson1962Single
The Nearness Of YouJohnny Guitar Watson1962Single
What You Do To Me / Sweet Lovin' MamaJohnny Guitar Watson1962Single
Looking Back / The Eagle Is BackJohnny Guitar Watson1961Single
Embraceable You / Posin'Johnny Guitar Watson1961Single
Cuttin' In / Broke And LonelyJohnny Guitar Watson1961Single
The Untouchables / Johnny GuitarJohnny Guitar Watson1960Single
Falling In Love / Rat NowJohnny Guitar Watson1960Single
The BearJohnny Guitar Watson1959Single
Honey / Deana BabyJohnny Guitar Watson1958Single
One Room Country Shack / Gangster Of LoveJohnny Guitar Watson1958Single
Love Me Baby / She Moves MeJohnny Guitar Watson1956Single
Three Hours Past Midnight / RubenJohnny Guitar Watson1956Album
Those Lonely Lonely Nights / Someone Cares For MeJohnny Guitar Watson1955Single
Oh Baby / Give A LittleJohnny Guitar Watson1955Single
Too Tired / Don't Touch MeJohnny Guitar Watson1955Single
Hot Little Mamma / I Love To Love YouJohnny Guitar Watson1955Album
Oh Baby/ Give A LittleJohnny "Guitar" Watson and His Orchestra, Johnny Guitar Watson1955Album
Hot Little Mamma / Oh Babe!Johnny Guitar WatsonSingle
Reggae And More Great Black MusicBob Marley & The Wailers, Johnny Guitar Watson, Coconut AirlineCompil.
Posin'Johnny Guitar WatsonSingle
Too Tired To ComeJohnny Guitar WatsonSingle
Ain't That A Bitch / Gangster Of LoveJohnny Guitar WatsonSingle
You & I / Half Pint Of WhiskeyThe Originals / Johnny Guitar WatsonSingle
You Do Me Bad So Good / Byrd Ball TrainJohnny Guitar WatsonSingle
A Real Mother For Ya / Gangster Of LoveJohnny Guitar WatsonSingle
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