Johnny "Guitar" Watson (Houston (Texas), 3 February, 1935 - Yokohama, May 17, 1996) was an American blues singer and guitarist, whose long career affected the development soul, blues, rhythm and blues, funk, rock and hip hop.
His father John SR. was a pianist and taught his son the instrument. But the young Watson was immediately attracted to the sound of the guitar. His grandfather, a preacher, was also musically. "My father sang while playing the guitar in the Church" Watson said years later. When Johnny was 11, his grandfather offered him a guitar, and only if the boy no "devilish music" would play, blues. Watson said yes, but blues was surely the first thing he did.
During the 1950s he became known with singles like "Space Guitar" (1954), "Those Lonely, Lonely Nights" (1955), "Three Hours Past Midnight" (1956), "Superman Lover" (1976), "A Real Mother For Ya" (1977) and "gangster Of Love" (1978).
Frank Zappa was a huge admirer of Watson. He called "Three Hours Past Midnight" his favorite number. Watson also played guitar on a number of Zappa albums as One Size Fits All (1975), Them or Us (1984),Thing-Fish (1984) and Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention (1985).
The American rock band Pearl Jam on the album Backspacer (2009) called a song to Johnny Guitar. Singer Eddie Vedder was inspired by the collage of Johnny Guitars album covers in the bathroom of the practice room of the band. It is specifically about the album cover of "What the Hell Is This? (1979), on which Johnny Guitar sitting on a tricycle with three women. The song is about a man who is attracted to one of the women on the album cover and are wondering why the woman would prefer one of the many women than Johnny Guitars unique girlfriend of this man. One of his many hits is Too Tired that was covered by Gary Moore on his album Still Got The Blues .
- 1957 gangster of Love
- 1963 I Cried for You
- 1963 Johnny Guitar Watson [King]
- 1964 The Blues Soul of Johnny Guitar Watson
- 1965 Larry Williams Show with Johnny Guitar Watson
- 1967 Bath
- 1967 In the Fats Bag
- 1967 Two for the Price of One
- 1973 Listen
- 1975 I Don't Want to Be A Lone Ranger
- 1975 The gangster Is Back
- 1976 Ain't That a Bitch
- 1976 Captured Live
- 1977 A Real Mother for Ya
- 1977 Funk Beyond the Call of Duty
- 1978 Giant
- 1978 Gettin' Down with Johnny "Guitar" Watson
- 1979 What the Hell Is This?
- 1980 Love Jones
- 1981 Johnny "Guitar" Watson and the Family Clone
- 1982 that's What Time It Is
- 1984 Strike on Computers
- 1985 Hit the Highway
- 1986 3 Hours Past Midnight
- 1992 Plays Misty
- 1994 Bow Wow
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The first full biography and discography appeared in april 2009 at CreateSpace/Amazon, USA. Title: The gangster of Love - Johnny "Guitar" Watson: Performer, Preacher, Pimp (). Author: economic journalist Vincent Bakker (Amsterdam, 1948). The discography includes 280 songs (more than half the most complete so) France pictures, mostly from private collections. Dozens of fellow artists sketch out his musical development.