|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
15 October 1938, Luthersville, Georgia, USA. Wards rediscovery in 1990 is a rare instance of a legend returning from more than a decade of obscurity with his talent undiminished. A self-taught guitarist, he formed his first band, the Brassettes, in Avon Park, Florida, in 1959 after two years army service. Returning to Georgia, he pawned a Gibson Les Paul in order to afford the move to Dayton, Ohio, where he lived with an aunt. His next group, the Ohio Untouchables, was the quintessential R&B garage band, its celebrity owing, in large part, to Wards use of a Magnatone amplifier with its distinctive vibrato effect. The group made a number of singles for the Detroit-based Lupine label, most famously Forgive Me Darling, an extended guitar showcase loosely based on Bo Diddleys Im Sorry. Producer Robert West used them to back the Falcons I Found A Love, with Wilson Pickett as lead...