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    NC - Folk legend Doc Watson, virtuoso flatpicking guitarist, dead at 89

    Doc Watson and His Guitar (New Yorker)
    Doc Watson, the virtuoso folk-guitar player whose real name was Arthel, died Tuesday in a hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was eighty-nine years old and had made more than fifty records. Before he was a year old he had gone blind from an eye infection, and he was educated at the Raleigh School for the Blind, in North Carolina. He was thirteen when he learned the chords to “When the Roses Bloom in Dixieland” on a guitar he had borrowed.
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    Watson and his wife, Rosa Lee, had a son, Merle, and a daughter, Nancy. During the sixties, Watson performed with Merle, who also became a skilled musician. Merle died in 1985, when a tractor he was driving turned over on him. Grief-stricken, Watson gave up performing for a time, then began Merlefest, a bluegrass festival, in his son’s honor.
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    the rest, with a video, at link above

    Also: Doc Watson’s Legacy: What You Should Know About the Folk Legend (Time)

    Doc Watson, folk legend

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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1q4Eb34mwM"]SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD (1964) by Doc Watson (R.I.P.) - YouTube[/ame]

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    Thanks. I was a big fan.

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    They don't make 'em like Doc Watson anymore. His passing is both a time of sorrow, and of celebration - celebration for the great music he leaves us, and for the entirety of his magnificent career.

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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyQOCJ4SUSk"]Doc Watson - 1991 - Deep River Blues (Solo) - YouTube[/ame]

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5c1k949Zn4&feature=related"]"Tennessee Stud" played by Doc Watson and Jack Lawrence - YouTube[/ame]


    I could go on and on

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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkYVuriSy08&feature=channel&list=UL"]"Black Mountain Rag" - Will the Circle Be Unbroken - YouTube[/ame]

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    wfgodot,Terry Gross today on Fresh Air,devoted her show to Doc Watson. Great shoe with an interview from 1988 and performances from 1989

    Here's a link. If it doesn't work,I'm sure you can find it on your "own" NPR station


    http://www.npr.org/programs/fresh-air/

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    Telegraph obit provides an excellent overview of his importance and career: Doc Watson



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