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Ragin, Melvin

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Personal name headingRagin, Melvin
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Variant(s)Ragin, Wah Wah
Watson, Wah Wah
LocatedDetroit (Mich.) Los Angeles (Calif.)
Birth date1950-12-08
Death date2018-10-24
Place of birthRichmond (Va.)
Place of deathSanta Monica (Calif.)
AffiliationMotown Record Corporation
Profession or occupationGuitarists
Found inGambler's life, p1974: container (Melvin Ragin)
Hancock, H. Sunlight [SR] 200- : container (Melvin "Wah Wah Watson" Ragin, guitar) insert (Wah Wah Watson)
All music guide WWW site, Mar. 10, 2008 (Melvin "Wah Wah Watson" Ragin; Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin; Wah Wah Watson)
Wikipedia WWW site, Mar. 10, 2008 (Melvin "Wah-Wah Watson" Ragin, better known as just Wah-Wah Watson; guitarist; Detroit native)
Wah Wah Watson WWW site, Mar. 10, 2008 (Wah Wah Watson [used throughout site]; session guitarist, writer, producer, artist; ca. 20 years old in 1971; picked up nickname when he joined the Motown label house band)
New York times WWW site, viewed Nov. 2, 2018 (in obituary published Nov. 1: Melvin Ragin; b. Dec. 8, 1950, Richmond, Va.; moved to Detroit in the late 1960s; went on to record and tour with much of the Motown roster; after Motown moved to Los Angeles in 1973, Ragin also settled there; d. Oct. 24, Santa Monica, Calif., aged 67; guitarist who performed as Wah Wah Watson through decades of recording and touring with the Temptations, Michael Jackson, Maxwell, Herbie Hancock, Alicia Keys, and dozens of others; took his nickname from the gadget that gave him his trademark sound: the wah-wah pedal, a filter that altered the tone of his guitar to make notes and chords wriggle, moan, or seem to say "wah")