Wikipedia : This day (May 17, 1996), in Yokohama, Japan, died Johnny Guitar Watson an American blues and funk guitarist and singer.
@soulwalking : He inherited a guitar from his grandfather, a preacher, on the condition that he did not play the blues on it
@allmusic : But that admirable trait wasn’t paying the bills as the 1970s rolled in. So he totally changed his image to that of a pimp-styled funkster, enjoying more popularity than ever before for his down-and-dirty R&B smashes A Real Mother for Ya and Superman Lover.
Johnny Guitar Watson@last.fm : He quickly made a name for himself in the African-American juke joints of the West Coast, where he was billed as “Young John Watson” until 1954. That year, he saw the Sterling Hayden film “Johnny Guitar,” and a new handle was bo