Johnny "Guitar" Watson

American musician (1935–1996)

Johnny "Guitar" Watson (February 3, 1935 – May 17, 1996) was an American singer. He sang blues, soul and funk music. He had hit songs in the 1970s with "Ain't That a Bitch" and "Superman Lover". He had many other hits.[1]

Johnny "Guitar" Watson
Johnny "Guitar" Watson in 1976
Johnny "Guitar" Watson in 1976
Background information
Birth nameJohn Watson, Jr.
Also known asYoung John Watson
Born(1935-02-03)February 3, 1935
Houston, Texas, U.S.
DiedMay 17, 1996(1996-05-17) (aged 61)
Yokohama, Japan
GenresBlues, blues rock, soul, disco, funk
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, bass guitar, drums
Years active1952–1996
LabelsFederal, RPM, Keen, Class, Kent, Arvee, Goth, Escort, King, Highland, Jowat, Okeh, Fantasy, DJM, A&M, Valley Vue, Wilma

Watson was born in Houston, Texas. He died from a heart attack in Japan.


  1. "Johnny "Guitar" Watson". All Music. Retrieved Feb 19, 2015.