Johnny “Guitar” Watson

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1978 (The 1979 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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Will Johnny “Guitar” Watson be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


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A fine guitarist whose long career influenced the developement of Blues, Soul music, R&B, Funk, Rock music and Rap/Hip-Hop.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Saturday, 05.9.09 @ 13:37pm

Possible early influence?

Posted by Ray on Monday, 09.14.09 @ 23:48pm

One of the greats real "texan blues guitarman"
You can thank him for pioneering guitar feedback and reverb in the 50's. I would put him in as a performer but influence should be a certan..
HE is the real thing.. Not this HOLLYWOOD HYPE spin look like a rock star copycat nosense ..

Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 09.15.09 @ 09:22am

Watson, a recognized master of the Fender Stratocaster guitar, has been compared to Jimi Hendrix and allegedly became irritated when asked about this comparison, supposedly stating: "I used to play the guitar standing on my hands. I had a 150-foot cord and I could get on top of the auditorium - those things Jimi Hendrix was doing, I started that shit."[3] - although he did have an overly long lead, standing on his hands and "getting on top of the auditorium" were not features of Hendrix' act with the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Frank Zappa stated that "Watson's 1956 song Three Hours Past Midnight inspired me to become a guitarist". Watson contributed to Zappa's albums One Size Fits All (1975), Them or Us (1984), Thing-Fish ' (1984) and Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention (1985). Zappa also named Three Hours Past Midnight' his favorite record in a 1979 interview[4]. His vocal on Zappa's song "In France" is considered a masterpiece by many.
Steve Miller not only did a cover of "Gangster of Love," he made a reference to it in his 1969 song "Space Cowboy" ("Some call me the a gangster of love") as well as his 1973 hit song "The Joker" ("Some call me the gangster of love"). Miller also covered "The Gangster Is Back", on his 1971 album "Rock Love".
Sly Stone was influenced by Watson growing up, and later they became friends.
Jimmie Vaughan, brother of Stevie Ray Vaughan, is quoted as saying: "When my brother Stevie and I were growing up in Dallas, we idolized very few guitarists. We were highly selective and highly critical. Johnny 'Guitar' Watson was at the top of the list, along with Freddie, Albert and B.B. King. He made magic."

Posted by mrxyzomg on Sunday, 08.15.10 @ 13:12pm

Too influential for words. If he's inducted, he should get in as a performer, not an early influence. He fits the performer category better than the EI category.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 04.13.11 @ 05:11am


Posted by Happy on Sunday, 06.3.12 @ 20:31pm

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