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. After his hugely successful late-'60s partnership with Larry Williams ("Mercy, Mercy, Mercy"), Watson had a few fallow years. But in 1976 he hit his stride with Ain't That A Bitch, a potent combination of funk rhythms, jazz keyboards and stinging blues guitar. The album made the pop charts and reached #4 on the Black charts, spurred by the success of the single "Superman Lover," which has been sampled numerous times by hip-hop acts like Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, and Redman.