|Halfling Guitar Player|
Wah Wah Watson
More smash hits of the last two decades feature the signature riffs, licks and grooves of legendary session guitarist, writer, producer and artist Wah Wah Watson. The hits kept coming with Papa Was A Rolling Stone by the Temptations, Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On, Smiling Faces by The Undisputed Truth, Quincy Jones' Body Heat, Herbie Hancock's Man-Child album, Off The Wall by Michael Jackson, Rose Royce's Car Wash, Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite, and there are still more to come.
A behind-the-scenes pioneer of the '70s soul/funk, Mr. Watson was a key player in the era's Motown Sound and has contributed guitar, song writing and production to literally hundreds of singles and albums between then and now. Together, those recordings have sold an estimated 100 million copies around the world. Ranging from tough and funky to smooth as silk, Mr. Watson's guitar sounds soon became an integral part of the '70s Motown mix, and the sound of '70s soul/funk/R&B in general.
He worked with all the hit producers at Motown, including Holland-Dozier-Holland, Frank Wilson and Johnny Bristol, but the person who had the biggest influence was Norman Whitfield. It was Whitfield, of course, who produced the Tempstations Papa Was A Rolling Stone, the 1972 soul and pop smash which prominently featured Mr. Watson's signature chugging, funky, wild wah-wah groove.
Mr. Watson met Herbie Hancock when the two played on Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On session in 1973. Mr. Hancock called Mr. Watson to work with him on Death Wish, and that was the beginning of their long relationship.
Death Wish thus became and began what's stretched into two decades of collaborations with Mr. Hancock. Mr. Watson went on to co-write and co-produce several of Hancock's classic albums, including Man-Child (1975), Secrets (1976), V.S.O.P. (1977), Feets Don't Fail Me Now (1979) and Mr. Hands (1980).
Mr. Watson's other passion is to teach and pass down his knowledge of music to the younger generation. He, along with Herbie Hancock, Joshua Redmond and Clark Terry performed for the Thelonius Monk Institute/Jazz in the Classroom Program. He also has performed for the students in the Los Angeles Unified School System sponsored Jazz Mentorship Program. In October 2003, he was honored by the Motown Historical Museum's tribute to "THE MAN OF MOTOWN" in Detroit.
Mr. Watson owns a custom Halfling Jazz Guitar.
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