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Sometimes I forget that some people don’t know the full impact that black women had on rock n roll. If you didn’t know it was epic. Without the talent and energy of many wonderful women the state of music today would be blander than Cliff Richard eating a cucumber sandwich.

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Beverly Watkins


From: Music Reviews-Eight Women Guitarists

Beverly Watkins is another unheralded guitar heroine who late in life is finally getting some attention. Her first noticeable gig was with Piano Red aka Dr. Feelgood and the Interns. She was the third guitar in that band. It’s unclear as to who exactly was taking each different solo as the other two guitarists Curtis Smith and Roy Lee Johnson (composer of Mr. Moonlight) had similar tones. But if you want to hear early versions of a guitar army you might want to hunt these recordings down. She was recently “rediscovered” and has taken up where she left off, playing a mix of rock-n-roll, R&B, soul, gospel and blues.
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#WCW Beverly “Guitar” Watkins: Underground Atlanta Blues – She Shreds Magazine

Watkins was born in 1940 in Georgia, and became interested in guitar as a child. At around age 20, she met Piano Red, a local radio host, and joined his band, Piano Red and the Meter-tones (later known as Dr. Feelgood & The Interns). They are best known for their hits “Dr. Feelgood”, “Right String But The Wrong Yo-Yo”, and “Mister Moonlight”, and toured until about 1965.

Nice write up on our friend and regular Willie Mae rock camp performer Beverly Watkins over at sheshredsmag