Johnny "Guitar" Watson

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  1. charlie chitlin

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    Yeah! The "Gangster of Love".
     
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    "I went into the baloney section..."
    "...ain't that cold?"

    He had Fans everywhere and a career that began in the early 1950's. He was always a stellar musician
    who would give friends instruments and put them onstage with the band. He was a huge advocate of going directly into the board when recording. He loved people.
     
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    Let's go back to 1959...."prayer's all right in prayer meeting, but prayer ain't good, Lord, in bear meeting" Check out his "Three hours past midnight" LP for beauties!
    Here's one...

     
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    I didn’t realize he was such a good/cool singer!
     
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    Good one, CHarlie.

    He was also a real pioneer of using the synth in soul music. He's one of my favourite musicians of all time, alongside Guitar Slim (whom he loved). I've got rid of most of my vinyl but have kept the one below.

    He was also part of a strange crew, with Larry Williams... got up some wild stuff, which was alluded to in Boogie Nights. I went for a drive with him in his Stutz Blackhawk down Santa Monica Boulevard, just when he was planning to come back with Bow Wow, then saw him at Oakland Auditorium with Bobby Bland and Little Milton. He was a very intelligent man and I miss him.

    THis song... great tune, and sheer poetry in the vibe. Making me so happy hearing it again.
     
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    We do “Superman Lover” and its fun as hell to play.. My wife turned us on to JGW. One of his biggest fans was Frank Zappa. Killer grooves...

    ..from Chrissy....Johnny Guitar was one of the first to do the following:
    1. The chords that the guitar was playing, and the chords the keys were playing,..were different triads from what chords the horns played. similar to what Fagen utilizes alot: differing 3-note chord triads,..carefully utilized on top of and in congruence.
    2. Sense of humor; aka-‘Tude’.
    3. Interesting Songwriting.
    He was Frank Zappa’s #1 influence guitar wise.
    Checkout:
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    Tata You Baby.
    :)
     
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    I remember Zappa saying that Johnny Guitar Watson sounded like he was "mad" when he played guitar.

    Sounds right.

     
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    I was waiting for someone to mention that he was an influence and a friend of Zappa's. He made a groovy cameo appearance on the tune "San Ber'dino" on the ONE SIZE FITS ALL LP from 1975. I think he's actually on two tracks on that record. In the Zappa Documentary film EAT THAT QUESTION (2016), he briefly appears at some function or other, just before Zappa's passing, and he and Frank are seen hugging. I found it quite touching...
     
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    I always wanted to know how the reverb was applied to this. A personal favorite, for sure.
     
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    I'd suspect it (plate reverb) was added by the mixing engineer on mixdown. Sounds like it was just punched in and out at various times to highlight the guitar in certain sections.
     
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    Yeah, unfortunately that sounds aweful. I noticed that JGW used the Dragnet theme in this tune as he does in Superman Lover... must be a nod to the past...
     
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    Another version

     
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    " Ain't That A Real Mutha For Ya "... :cool:
     
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