Johnny "Guitar" Watson


Johnny "Guitar" Watson (February 3, 1935 - May 17, 1996) was a highly acclaimed R&B/funk singer-songwriter, guitarist, and pianist who became famous beginning in the late 1960s. His stage name was inspired by the 1954 Western, "Johnny Guitar." Watson's best known songs include "A Real Mother For Ya" (1977).

Best known songs (with years) include:

  • Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (1967)
  • I Don't Want To Be A Lone Ranger (1975)
  • A Real Mother For Ya (1977)

Pop charts debut year: 1967

Years active: 1952-1996

Genres: Blues, funk blues, soul, funk

Labels: Federal, RPM, Keen, Class, Kent, Arvee, Goth, Escort, King, Highland, Jowat, Okeh, Fantasy, DJM, A&M, Valley Vue, Wilma


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