Melvin Ragin was born on December 8, 1950, and died on October 24, 2018.
He was better known by the moniker “Wah Watson”.
He was an American guitarist and session performer renowned for his aptitudes with a wah-wah pedal.
He was a local of Richmond, Virginia, Melvin Ragin moved to Detroit and turned into an individual from the Motown Records studio band, The Funk Brothers, where he recorded with craftsmen like The Temptations (his guitar chip away at “Father Was A Rollin’ Stone” is especially outstanding), The Jackson 5, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight and The Pips, and The Supremes.
Wah Wah Watson played on various sessions in the 1980s for some, top soul, funk and disco acts, including Herbie Hancock; he both recorded and made tunes with the Pointer Sisters.
During 1977, Watson discharged his first solo collection, Elementary, on Columbia Records. The collection was co-delivered by Watson and David Rubinson.
In 1994, he showed up on the Red Hot Organization’s aggregation collection, Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool. The collection, intended to bring issues to light and assets in help of the AIDS pestilence in connection to the African American people group, was proclaimed as “Collection of the Year” by Time magazine.
In the 2000s, he showed up on the collections Maxwell’s Now (2001), Black Diamond (2000) by Angie Stone, the soundtrack to the film Shaft (2000), Damita Jo (2004) by Janet Jackson, and Alicia Keys’ Unplugged (2005), The Element of Freedom (2009).
Wah Wah Watson passed away at 69 years at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica.