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Johnny Guitar Watson

 

Chuck Higgins and His Mellotones (members Chuck Higgins, John Watson, ............)

Combo 12 - Pachuko Hop / Motor Head Baby - 1952 
Combo 13 - Love Me Baby / Ain't Gonna Leave, Baby – 1952
Combo 14 - Cotton Pickin' / Iron Pipe – 1952
Combo 17 - Blues N' Mambo / Stormy – 1952
Combo 25 - Real Gone Hound Dog / Tortas – 1952
Combo 30 - Big Fat Mama / Boyle Heights – 1952
Combo 38 - Bug Jump / Just Won't Treat Me Right – 1952
Combo 48 - West Side / I'm In Love With You – 1952

Young John Watson (Johnny "Guitar" Watson)

Federal 12120 - Highway 60 / No I Can't – 1953
Federal 12131 - Motor Head Baby / Sad Fool - 1953 (With The Amos Milburn Band)
Federal 12143 - I Got Eyes / Walkin' To My Baby – 1953
Federal 12157 - What's Going On / Thinking – 1953
Federal 12175 - Half Pint-A- Whiskey / Space Guitar – 1954
Federal 12183 - Gettin' Drunk / You Can't Take It With You – 1954

Johnny "Guitar" Watson And His Orchestra

RPM 423 - Hot Little Mama / I Love To Love You – 1955
RPM 431 - Too Tired / Don't Touch Me – 1955
RPM 436 - Those Lonely, Lonely Nights* / Someone Cares For Me - 1955 *Also Recorded In 1955 By Earl King On Ace 509.
RPM 447 - Oh Baby / Give A Little – 1955
RPM 455 - Three Hours Past Midnight / Ruben – 1956
RPM 471 - She Moves Me / Love Me Baby – 1956
Keen 3-4005 - Gangster Of Love / One Room Country Shack – 1957
Keen 3-4023 - Deana Baby / Honey – 1957

The Shields (members Frankie Ervin (lead),  Jesse Belvin (falsetto-tenor), "Handsome" Mel Williams (second tenor), Tommy "Buster" Williams (baritone) and Johnny "Guitar" Watson (bass) --- musicians were Ernie Freeman (piano), Irving Ashby (bass), Rene Hall (guitar) and Davis Williams (drums))

Tender 513 - You Cheated* / That's The Way It's Gonna Be - 1958  *also recorded in 1958 by The Slades on Domino 500 -- Tender was George Motola's label. The scarcer version of this 45 makes no mention of distribution by Dot. There was an "answer song" released in 1960 to this track titled "I Cheated" by Joyce Harris on Domino 903. 
Dot 15805 - You Cheated / That's The Way It's Gonna Be - 1958

The Saxons (members Tommy "Buster" Williams (lead), Jesse Belvin (second tenor), Eugene Church (baritone), Gaynel Hodge (vocals and piano) and Johnny Watson (vocal bass and guitar))

Contender 1313 - Is It True* / Rock 'N' Roll Show** - 1958 *written by Jesse Belvin. **written by Eugene Church.

Johnny (Guitar) Watson

Class 246 - The Bear / One More Kiss - 1959
Class - The Preacher And The Bear - 1959 (this previously unissued alternate take of CLASS 246 was released in 2007 in the U. K. on a ACE Cd "Johnny Guitar" Watson - Untouchable! The Classic 1956 - 1966 Recordings" CDCHD 1180)
Kent 328 - Those Lonely, Lonely Nights / Someone Cares For Me - 1959

Floyd Dixon Featuring Johnny Guitar Watson

Great Dame 1001 - Let's Go Smitty (Part 1) / Let's Go Smitty (Part 2) - 1959

Floyd Dixon / Floyd Dixon Featuring Johnny Guitar Watson


Great Dame 1001 - Two Piano Blues / Let's Go Smitty* - 1959 *flip by Floyd Dixon featuring Johnny Guitar Watson. 

Johnny Watson

Arvee 5016 - Untouchable / Johnny Guitar - 1960

Johnny (Guitar) Watson

Goth 101 - Falling In Love / Rat Now - 1960

Johnny Watson

Escort 106 - Looking Back / The Eagle Is Back - 1961

Johnny "Guitar" Watson


King 5536 - Posin' / Embraceable You - 1961

Johnny (Guitar) Watson

King 5579 - Cuttin' In / Broke And Lonely - 1961

Johnny "Guitar" Watson

King 5607 - The Nearness Of You / I Just Wants Me Some Love - 1962 
King 5666 - What You Do To Me / Sweet Lovin' Mama - 1962

Johnny Watson

King 5716 - Cold, Cold Heart / That's The Chance You've Got To Take - 1963
King 5774 - Gangster Of Love / In The Evenin' - 1963 
King 5833 - I Say, I Love You / You Better Love Me - 1964

Johnny Guitar Watson

Highland 1151 - Wait A Minute Baby / Oh, So Fine - 1964
Jowat 118 - Ain't Gonna Move / Baby Don't Leave - 1964 

Larry & Johnny (Larry Williams and Johnny "Guitar" Watson)

Jola 1000 - Beatle Time (Part 1) / Beatle Time (Part 2) - 1964

Chuck Higgins and His Mellotones (members Charles William "Chuck" Higgins, John Watson, .....................................................................................)

Oldies 45   312 - Pachuko Hop / Motor Head Baby - 1965

Johnny Guitar Watson


Magnum 726 - Big Bad Wolf / You Can Stay (But The Noise Must Go) - 1965


Johnny "Guitar" Watson

Okeh 4-7263 - Keep On Lovin' You / South Like West (Instrumental) – 1966

Johnny Watson

Okeh 4-7270 - Hold On, I'm Comin' / Wolfman - 1967  

Larry Williams  & Johnny Watson 

Okeh 4-7274 - Mercy, Mercy, Mercy / A Quitter Never Wins – 1967
Okeh 4-7281 - Two For The Price Of One / Too Late - 1967 (some copies issued with picture sleeve)

Johnny Watson

Okeh 4-7290 - I'd Rather Be Your Baby / Soul Food – 1967

Larry Williams  & Johnny Watson with The Kaleidoscope (members Larry Williams, Johnny Watson,...........................)

Okeh 45-7300 - Nobody / Find Yourself Someone To Love - 1967

Johnny Watson

Okeh 45-7302 - Crazy About You / She'll Blow Your Mind – 1967

Larry Williams  & Johnny Watson

Bell 813 - I Could Love You Baby / Can't Find No Substitute For Love – 1969
Memory Lane 5-2263 - Mercy, Mercy, Mercy / Two For The Price Of One - ?

Johnny "Guitar" Watson (born 3-February-1935 in Houston, Texas --- died 17-May-1996 in Yokohama, Japan --- cause: heart attack)

Vulture 5003 - Mama / There's A Recession Going On - 1971   
Fantasy 721 -  Like I'm Not Your Man / You Bring Love - 1973
Fantasy 739 - I Don't Want To Be A Lone Ranger* / You Can Stay But The Noise Must Go - 1975 *also recorded in 1976 by Hidden Strength on United Artists SP-135 (12" release)
Fantasy 752 - It's Too Late / Tripping – 1975
DJM 1013 - I Need It / Since I Met You Baby – 1976
DJM 1019 - Superman Lover / We're No Exception – 1976
DJM 1020 - Ain't That A Bitch / Won't You Forgive Me Baby - 1977 (some copies issued with picture sleeve)
DJM 1024 - A Real Mother For Ya / Nothing Left To Be Desired – 1977
DJM 1029 - Lover Jones / Tarzan – 1977
Big Town 714 - Those Lonely, Lonely Nights / Oh Babe – 1977
DJM 1034 - Love That Will Not Die / A Damn Shame – 1978

The Watsonian Institute (

DJM 1100 - Virginia's Pretty Funky / The Institute - 1978 (this was Johnny "Guitar" Watson's back-up band which he produced and arranged plus sang on) 

Johnny "Guitar" Watson

DJM 1101 - Gangster Of Love / Guitar Disco – 1978
DJM MK-65 - Gangster Of Love (3:45) / You Can Stay But The Noise Must Go (6:07) – 1979
DJM 1106 - What The Hell Is This? / Can You Handle It – 1979
DJM 1304 - Love Jones / Asante Sana - 1980 (both tracks written, arranged and produced by Johnny "Guitar" Watson)
DJM 1305 - Telephone Bill / ? – 1980
DJM 1306 - Ain't Movin' / ? – 1981
A & M 2383 - The Planet Funk / First Timothy Six – 1982
A & M SP-17181 - The Planet Funk (Edited Version) / The Planet Funk (Album Version) (5:05) - 1982 (12" promo issue only -- plays at 33 1/3 rpm)
A & M 2398 - That's What Time It Is / First Timothy Six - 1982 
Valley Vue 769 - Strike On Computers / ? – 1984
Valley Vue 1269 - Strike On Computers (6:55) / Strike On Computers (Instrumental) – 1984
Collectables Col 039947 - Ain't That A Bitch / Superman Lover - ?
Bellmark 7 - Hook Me Up All Toned Out (Original) / All Toned Out (Instrumental) - ?
Wilma 7251 - Bow Wow (Radio) / Bow Wow (Instrumental) - 1994  (12" Release)

Johnny Watson

Valise 6913 - It's Better To Cry* / I Will - 1998 *also recorded in 1968 by The Appreciations on Sport 111.
Valise 6914 - It's Better To Cry / I Will - 1998
Valise 6915 - Is This The Real Thing / Give A Damn - 1998
Although originally recorded some years earlier, these singles were unreleased until the late Nineties when the label owner was persuaded to press copies up for the Northern Soul scene

Additions by Virgil, Jennings Falcon, and Bosko Asanovic