|Johnny "Guitar" Watson|
Watson also excelled as a vocalist. His singing was by turns sexy, humorous, and political; his guitar playing exploited the full assortment of the instrument's powers. He was also a prolific songwriter.
FZ:Johnny Guitar Watson was an extremely evil-sounding guitar player at the time, but the smuttiest one I heard was Guitar Slim (Eddie Jones)... just pure smut. The thing that I liked about the two solos I heard when I was 16 that really intrigued me – the solo on Three Hours Past Midnight and the solo on The Story Of My Life – was not just the tone of the instrument but the absolute maniac way that he spewed out these notes in a phrase with little or no regard to the rest of the meter or what was going on, but still being aware of where the beat was. He was just yellin' it at you.
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Someday, Watson and company co-owner Joe Bihari went to see the 1954 Sterling Hayden film “Johnny Guitar,” and Watson acquired the nickname that would stick with him for his whole performing career. In this time he also started to style himself as the “Gangster of Love,” after the title of a 1957 single Watson cut for the Keen label. This blues piece was successfully covered by rock performer Steve Miller in 1968 and again by Watson himself in 1978.
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