Friday, May 26, 2017

Johnny Guitar Watson – I Want To Ta Ta You Baby (DJM Records)

Born in Houston, TX, Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson has left an indelible imprint in the history of Blues, Soul, Disco and Funk, from his unique way of singing to his electric guitar play (he was a recognized Fender Stratocaster virtuoso). The 70’s seeing him reinventing himself, from a Southern Blues singer into a stylish (Funk) performer, prefiguring somehow how would look the West Coast rappers a few years after.
From his 1976 released ‘Ain’t That A Bitch’ album that spawned the memorable ‘Superman Lover’ later on covered by Chico DeBarge along with Eric Sermon and Redman, the evergreen aforementioned perfectly illustrating where our man is coming from, eventually playing with words the way Roy Ayers happened to do too on the memorable ‘Poo Poo La La’. Never quite understood though why this definitive jewel never got released as a single…
Watson sadly died of a myocardial infarction on May 17, 1996, collapsing on stage while on tour in Yokohama, Japan. According to eyewitness reports, he collapsed mid-guitar solo. His last words were “Ain’t that a bitch”.

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