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 Johnny “Guitar” Watson

Johnny “Guitar” Watson

Birth
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Death 17 May 1996 (aged 61)
Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Great Mausoleum, Holy Terrace (Unit H), Sanctuary of Enduring Honor (left side; North Wall Elevation), Single Mausoleum Crypt 14267 (1st column in, 4th row up)
Memorial ID 4380 · View Source
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Musician. He began his career as a teenager, playing piano for various blues artist such as Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland. He soon found a passion for the guitar, recording "Space Guitar" for Federal in 1952 and his first Top 10 hit, "Those Lonely, Lonely Nights". His other hits included "Motorhead Baby" (1954), "Three Hours Past Midnight" (1956) and "Gangster of Love" (1957). In the 1960s and 70s, he toured with Little Richard, Larry Williams and Frank Zappa. His first two albums for British label DJM, "Ain't That a Bitch" (1976) and "A Real Mother for Ya" (1977) both were certified gold with sales of over 500,000 copies each. In March 1996, he was honored with a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm & Blues
Foundation, for his performing career.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 15 Jan 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4380
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Johnny “Guitar” Watson (3 Feb 1935–17 May 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4380, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .