'Wah Wah' Watson

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'Wah Wah' Watson
Birth name Melvin Ragin
Born 1951
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres R&B, fusion
Occupation(s) Guitarist
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1970– Present
Associated acts Funk Brothers, Norman Whitfield, Motown, Herbie Hancock
Website www.wahwah.com
Notable instruments

Melvin Ragin (born c. 1951), better known by the nickname "Wah-Wah Watson", is an American guitarist and session musician famed for his skills with a wah-wah pedal.


A native of Detroit, Michigan, Melvin Ragin became a member of the Motown Records studio band, The Funk Brothers, where he recorded with artists like The Temptations (his guitar work on "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" is particularly notable),[1] The Jackson 5, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight & The Pips, and The Supremes. He played on numerous sessions in the 1970s and 1980s for many top soul, funk and disco acts, including Herbie Hancock.

In 1977, Watson released his first solo album, Elementary, on Columbia Records. The album, co-produced by Watson and David Rubinson, sold poorly.

In 1994, Ragin appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation album, Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool. The album, meant to raise awareness and funds in support of the AIDS epidemic in relation to the African American community, was heralded as "Album of the Year" by Time magazine.

In the 2000s, Ragin appeared on the albums Black Diamond (2000) by Angie Stone, the soundtrack to the film Shaft (2000), Maxwell's Now (2001), Damita Jo (2004) by Janet Jackson, and Alicia Keys' Unplugged (2005).


  • Elementary (1977)

Selected recordings[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Melvin Regin's official site "wahwah.com" [1].