Sound Obsession

Tribute to Wah Wah Watson

120 minsFirst aired 5 Dec 2018
Artwork by Henrik Büren

Kirk Degiorgio pays homage to the Motown guitar great and Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters’ powerhouse with a selection of undisputed classics.

If there was any one guitarist who embodied the funky inflection, the jazzy riff and the soulful pitch-bend, it would be none other than legendary session guitarist Wah Wah Watson. A pioneer of the ’70s Motown Sound, Watson has contributed production, writing or guitar licks to hundreds of singles and albums around the world, many of which have sold in the tens of millions. From The Temptations to Marvin Gaye, Quincy Jones to Herbie Hancock, Michael Jackson to Gladys Knight, the list is a superlative body of work , and one that saw Watson utilise an astonishing array of sounds and effects, as he coaxed the soul out of six strings and a wah wah pedal. Over the next two hours, Kirk Degiorgio pays homage to Wah Wah Watson, and digs out tracks from Demis Roussos, Rose Royce, Bohannon, Bill Withers, Creative Source, Undisputed Truth, Johnny Hammond, and many more.

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