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 saw 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.
‘Superman Lover’ which would receive a cover version by the likes of Chico DeBarge, Eric Sermon and Redman perfectly embodies Watson’s unique style, counting as one of his biggest classics, along with ‘Ain’t That a Bitch’, ‘I Need It’, ‘A Real Mother For Ya’, but also ‘I Want To Tata You’ and ‘Booty Ooty’ to a lesser extend.
Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, and Mary J. Blige are among the ones who’ve sampled his music…
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”.