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Johnny Guitar Watson

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A Real Mother For Ya Johnny Guitar Watson 05:04
Booty Ooty Johnny Guitar Watson 05:26
Superman Lover Johnny Guitar Watson 05:45
Love Jones Johnny Guitar Watson 04:45
I Need It Johnny Guitar Watson 04:46
Superman Lover Johnny Guitar Watson 05:45
Ain't That A Bitch Johnny Guitar Watson 05:02
Bow Wow Johnny Guitar Watson 04:47
A Real Mother For Ya! Johnny Guitar Watson 08:20
Funk Beyond The Call Of Duty Johnny Guitar Watson 05:14

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Your Love Is My Love
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One of the most highly regarded R&B guitarists of the 1960s, Johnny 'Guitar' Watson went on to define funk's swaggering groove and embrace the disco craze of the 1970s. A naturally flamboyant showman, Watson was inspired by the likes of T-Bone Walker and Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown and started out by performing in juke joints in Los Angeles and on the West Coast in the 1950s. He was renowned in his early days for the sound of his "space guitar", created by using distorted feedback and heavy reverb, but went on to score the R&B hits Those Lonely, Lonely Nights, Cuttin' In and Mercy, Mercy, Mercy. He toured with Johnny Otis and Little Richard, before transforming himself into an outlandishly dressed, soul pimp in the 1970s with his signature song Gangster Of Love and the albums I Don't Want To Be A Lone Ranger (1975), Ain't That A Bitch (1976) and A Real Mother For You (1977). Watson slipped off the radar in the 1980s, but worked regularly with Frank Zappa before making a major comeback with the Grammy Award nominated blues album Bow Wow (1994). He died on stage in Japan in 1996, reportedly collapsing of a heart attack in mid solo and uttering his last words "Ain't that a bitch."