Johnny “Guitar” Watson – South Like West – Okeh


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John Watson Jr.  was born on February 3rd  in Houston, Texas, but moved to Los Angeles when he was 15. He first recorded for “Federal” records in 1952,billed as Young John Watson. In 1954 he saw the Joan Crawford film “Johnny Guitar”, and a new stage name was born. Watson’s song “Gangster Of Love” was first released on “Keen” records in 1957. It did not appear in the charts at the time, but was later re-recorded and became a hit in 1978, becoming Watson’s “most famous song”. He toured and recorded with his friend Larry Williams, as well as Little Richard, The Olympics and, in the mid-1970s with David Axelrod. Johnny Watson continued recording successfully throughout the decades and sadly died on May 17th, 1996. This disc from 1966 has light wear to the vinyl, conservatively graded between VG+ and VG++ condition, worth checking the flip

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