Happy Birthday Johnny Guitar Watson
Posted on: Saturday, Feb 3, 2007
Happy Birthday to Johnny Guitar Watson – Born 03 Feb 1935 in Houston, TX
Johnny Guitar Watson had an incredible career and was hugely influential. He began as a piano player in the 1950’s before moving on to guitar and releasing many classic RnB hits that are still played today. He later moved into funk and again had hits that are still classics.
Watson is one of my favourite 50s artists, I just love his voice and incredible guitar on songs like “Too Tired” and “Don’t touch me”.
As expected, much of the YouTube material is from his later career in the 70s 80s and 90s however it is really good. Check out this copper bottomed classic from 1977.
I saw a vintage programme of JGW on German TV when he sat down at the tiniest little synth and played the most amazing blues solo, using the pitch bend to simulate the guitar. It just goes to show, it’s not the instrument, it’s the player.
You can read a short biography on the Soul Walking website.
Johnny died in 1996. RIP.