Released in January of 1977. “Real Mother For Ya,” from Johnny Guitar Watson, is his 14th album. This was a landmark recording of 1970s funk. Songs from his catalog have been sampled many times over the years by many artists. His music was sampled by Redman (who based his "Sooperman Luva" saga on Watson's "Superman Lover" song,) Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, and Mary J. Blige. Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre borrowed P-Funk's adaptation of Watson's catchphrase "Bow wow wow yippi-yo yippi-yay" for Snoop's hit Who Am I? (What's My Name?). He said that his influences and those he had influenced, were Guitar Slim, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In a 1994 interview with music critic David Ritz, Watson was asked if his 1980 song "Telephone Bill" anticipated rap music. "Anticipated?" Watson replied, "I damn well invented it! In the 60s Watson transformed himself from southern blues singer with pompadour into urban soul singer in a pimp hat. His new style with the gold teeth, wide brimmed hats, flashy suits, fashionable oversized sunglasses and showy jewelry made him one of the most colorful figures in the West Coast funk scene. He died from a heart attack on May 17, 1996, collapsing on stage while on tour in Yokohama, Japan.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY John "Johnny 'Guitar'" Watson, Jr.
February 3, 1935 – May 17, 1996
was an American blues, soul, and funk musician and singer-songwriter. A flamboyant showman and electric guitarist in the style of T-Bone Walker, Watson recorded throughout the 1950s and 1960s with some success. His creative reinvention in the 1970s with disco and funk overtones, saw Watson have hits with "Ain't That a Bitch", "I Need It" and "Superman Lover". His successful recording career spanned forty years, with his highest chart appearance being the 1977 song "A Real Mother For Ya".
Watson was born in Houston, Texas. His father John Sr. was a pianist, and taught his son the instrument. But young Watson was immediately attracted to the sound of the guitar, in particular the electric guitar as played by T-Bone Walker and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown.
His grandfather, a preacher, was also musical. "My grandfather used to sing while he'd play guitar in church, man," Watson reflected many years later. When Johnny was 11, his grandfather offered to give him a guitar if, and only if, the boy didn't play any of the "devil's music". Watson agreed, but "that was the first thing I did." A musical prodigy, Watson played with Texas bluesmen Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland. His parents separated in 1950, when he was 15. His mother moved to Los Angeles, and took Watson with her.
In his new city, Watson won several local talent shows. This led to his employment, while still a teenager, with jump blues-style bands such as Chuck Higgins's Mellotones and Amos Milburn. He worked as a vocalist, pianist, and guitarist. He quickly made a name for himself in the African-American juke joints of the West Coast, where he first recorded for Federal Records in 1952. He was billed as Young John Watson until 1954. That year, he saw the Joan Crawford film Johnny Guitar, and a new stage name was born.
Watson affected a swaggering, yet humorous personality, indulging a taste for flashy clothes. #soullegend#soulsinger#guitarlegend#soul#blues#jazz#johnnyguitarwatson 🎼🎵🎶🎸✌
Happy Birthday 🎂🎉 to JOHNNY "GUITAR" WATSON 2/3/35 - 5/17/96 "A Real Mother For Ya" 70's Soul/RnB
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"This Day In Music History: February 3rd"
1959, 22 year old Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, aged 17, died in a crash shortly after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa, the pilot of the single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza plane was also killed. Holly hired the plane after heating problems developed on his tour bus. All three were travelling to Fargo, North Dakota, for the next show on their Winter Dance Party Tour which Holly had set - covering 24 cities in three weeks, to make money after the break-up of his band, The Crickets, last year.
1968, One Hit Wonders The Lemon Pipers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Green Tambourine' the song was a No.7 hit in the UK. The song has been credited as being one of the first bubblegum pop chart-toppers.
1973, Elton John started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Crocodile Rock'. Elton's first of five US No.1 singles.
1992, On their first Europe tour Pearl Jam played at The Esplanade Club in Southend, England to 300 people, the bands first ever UK show. The tour also took Pearl Jam to Norway, Sweden, Holland, France, Spain and Italy.
1999, American soul singer Gwen Guthrie died of cancer aged 48. She sang backing vocals for Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Madonna and wrote songs for Sister Sledge and Roberta Flack. She scored the 1986 R&B No.1 'Ain't Nothin' Goin' on But the Rent'. 2018, American pop, funk and jazz drummer Leon Chancler died in Los Angeles, California of prostate cancer, at the age of 65. He worked with Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson's (on 'Billie Jean'), Donna Summer, Carlos Santana, The Crusaders, Frank Sinatra, Weather Report, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock and John Lee Hooker.
Born on this day; Johnny "Guitar" Watson. 🎸⚡️🔊✨
♫🎧 I robbed a local beauty contest,
For their first place winner,
They found her with me out in hollywood,
Eating a big steak dinner.
They tried to get her to go back,
To pick up her prize.
She stood up and told them:
"you just don't realize, that he's a gangster of love" 🎵♪ #johnnyguitarwatson#gangsteroflove#onlyagibsonisgoodenough
2 217:58 PM Feb 3, 2019
Happy birthday to Johnny “Guitar” Watson, born on this day in 1935. John Watson Jr, known professionally as Johnny "Guitar" Watson, was a blues, soul, and funk musician and singer/songwriter. He was a flamboyant showman and electric guitarist in the style of T-Bone Walker. Watson recorded throughout the 1950s and 1960s and with his creative reinvention in the 1970s with funk overtones, he had hits with "Ain't That a Bitch,” "I Need It" and "Superman Lover.” His successful recording career spanned over 40 years, with his highest chart appearance being the 1977 song "A Real Mother For Ya." Watson died from a heart attack on May 17, 1996, collapsing on stage while on tour in Yokohama, Japan. Watson has been recognized as a master of the Fender Stratocaster, and has often been compared to Jimi Hendrix. He allegedly became irritated when asked about this comparison, supposedly stating: "I used to play the guitar standing on my hands. I had a 150ft cord and I could get on top of the auditorium – those things Jimi Hendrix was doing, I started that shit." Frank Zappa stated that "Watson's 1956 song 'Three Hours Past Midnight' inspired me to become a guitarist.” Steve Miller did a cover of "Gangster of Love" on his 1968 album “Sailor.” Jimmie Vaughan is quoted as saying: "When my brother Stevie and I were growing up in Dallas, we idolized very few guitarists. We were highly selective and highly critical. Johnny 'Guitar' Watson was at the top of the list, along with Freddie, Albert and B.B. King. He made magic." Pearl Jam recorded a song entitled "Johnny Guitar,” about Watson, for their 2009 album “Backspacer.” “Ain’t That a Bitch” is the 12th Studio album from Johnny "Guitar" Watson released in 1976. Features the title track, which became a hit. #johnnyguitarwatson#aintthatabitch#vinylcollector#33rpm#vinylcommunity#vinyloftheday#vinylcollection#vinylrecords#vinyljunkie#vinyladdict#nowspinning
Right on with the "Right on!" Johnny 'Guitar' Watson would have been 83 today. Watson was as an American blues, soul, and funk musician and singer-songwriter. Check out his "Superman Lover" to begin. It's genius! #johnnyguitarwatson
0 495:58 PM Feb 3, 2019
Remembering Johnny "Guitar" Watson on his birthday (February 3, 1935 - May 17, 1996).❤️🙏🏾
From the GFM Archives: "A Real Guitar Hero"
🎶 "I Want To Ta-Ta You Baby" /Album: Ain't That A Bitch (1976)
A decade before Hendrix, Watson was playing his axe behind his back and with his teeth. Before Benson sang his solos in the 70’s… you guessed it, Johnny “Guitar” Watson was scattin’ and pickin’. Raised in Houston, Watson counted future greats like Albert Collins as his contemporaries. When he arrived in Los Angeles in the early 1950’s he was primarily known as a pianist and vocalist. That would change by mid-decade... Etta James on Johnny: "I got everything from Johnny ... He was my main model ... My whole ballad style comes from my imitating Johnny's style ... He was the baddest and the best ... Johnny Guitar Watson was not just a guitarist: the man was a master musician. He could call out charts; he could write a beautiful melody or a nasty groove at the drop of a hat; he could lay on the harmonies and he could come up with a whole sound. They call Elvis, the King; but the sure-enough king was Johnny 'Guitar' Watson." #johnnyguitarwatson#singersongwriter#musician#SOULCALIBURVI#blues#funk#elvis#ettajames#guitarhero#aintthatabitch#arealmothaforya#supermanlover#grownfolksmusic