Jet magazine called him "one of rhythm & blues' most influential musicians." With a career spanning 40 years, Johnny "Guitar" Watson had success with blues, R&B and jazz. But his commercial and artistic apex came with his late '70s and early '80s funk recordings.
Shout! Factory is proud to present three deluxe new editions of his classic funk albums - Ain't That A Bitch, A Real Mother For Ya and Funk Beyond The Call Of Duty - as part of an ongoing series in 2005 and early 2006. Watson refined his formula with A Real Mother For Ya (released a year after Ain't That A Bitch), sending the album to #20 on the Pop charts and #3 on the Black charts. "Lover Jones" and the title track were also charting hits, with the latter just missing the Pop Top 40. As with most of his recordings of this time period, Watson handled everything but horns and drums himself.