1976 Wah Wah Watson – Elementary

Melvin Ragin (born December 8, 1950), 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 Richmond, Virginia, Melvin Ragin moved to Detroit and 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), 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; he both recorded and composed songs with the Pointer Sisters.

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

In 1994, Watson 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, Watson appeared on the albums 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).


1  Goo Goo Wah Wah (Melvin Ragin) 5:42
2  Love My Blues Away (Melvin Ragin, Ray Parker Jr) 5:29
3  Cry Baby (Melvin Ragin, Quincy Jones, Ray Bryant) 4:06
4  My Love For You Comes And Goes (Al Ciner, Melvin Ragin) 4:40
5  Together (Whatever) (Gene Page, Melvin Ragin, Quincy Jones, Rasputin Boutte) 4:58
6  Sunset Boulevard (Melvin Ragin, Ray Bryant) 4:15
7  Love Ain’t Somethin’ (That You Get For Free) (Melvin Ragin, Ray Parker Jr) 4:22
8  I’ll Get By Without You (Bonnie Pointer, Dave Grusin, Melvin Ragin) 6:04
9  Bubbles (Herbie Hancock, Melvin Ragin) 3:20
10  Good Friends (Melvin Ragin, Ray Bryant, Sonny Burke) 6:14



Bass Louis Johnson
Drums Ollie E. Brown
Guitar WahWah Watson
Guitar Ray Parker Jr
Piano Clarence McDonald
Piano Joe Sample
Piano Sonny Burke
Rhodes Sonny Burke
Synthesizer Sonny Burke
Synthesizer WahWah Watson
Vocals The Waters
Vocals WahWah Watson

Other Musicians

1 Goo Goo Wah Wah

Drums Aaron Smith

2 Love My Blues Away

Bass Wilton Felder
Sax Ernie Watts

4 My Love For You Comes And Goes

Bass James Jamerson
Guitar David T. Walker

5 Together (Whatever)

Sax Ernie Watts

6 Sunset Boulevard

Bass Willie Weeks
Piano Mark Davis

7 Love Ain’t Somethin’ (That You Get For Free)

Bass Wilton Felder

8 I’ll Get By Without You

Bass Henry Davis
Rhodes Dave Grusin

9 Bubbles

Sax Bennie Maupin
Fender Rhodes Herbie Hancock
Synthesizer Herbie Hancock

10 Good Friends

Synthesizer Herbie Hancock

Liner Notes

Producer – David Rubinson & Friends, Inc., Wah Wah Watson
Arranged By (Orchestra), Conductor – Bob Manchurian, Dale Warren
Engineer – David Rubinson, Fred Catero
Engineer (Assistant) – Susan Foot, Tim Kramer
Mastered By (Mastering Engineer) – George Horn, Phil Brown

Photography By – Herb Greene

Recorded at The Village Recorder, L.A. and Wally Heider Recording, S.F.
“My Love For You” recorded at Quad Tech, L.A.
“Sunset Boulevard” recorded at Wally Heider Recording, L.A.
“Goo Goo Wah Wah” recorded at Funky Features, S.F.
Mixed at Wally Heider Recording, S.F.

Manufactured By – Columbia Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Inc.
Copyright (c) – CBS Inc.