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Folk musician Doc Watson dies in NC hospital at 89 (Another great one gone!)
WRAL.com ^ | May 29, 2012 | MARTHA WAGGONER

Posted on 05/29/2012 6:34:16 PM PDT by NCDragon

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Doc Watson, the Grammy-award winning folk musician whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world for more than a half-century, died Tuesday at a hospital in Winston-Salem, according to a hospital spokeswoman and his manager. He was 89.

Watson, who was blind from age 1, recently had abdominal surgery that resulted in his hospitalization.

Arthel "Doc" Watson's mastery of flatpicking helped make the case for the guitar as a lead instrument in the 1950s and 1960s, when it was often considered a backup for the mandolin, fiddle or banjo. His fast playing could intimidate other musicians, even his own grandson, who performed with him.

Gov. Beverly Perdue called him a "worldwide ambassador of North Carolina's culture and heritage."

"Over his long and brilliant career, Doc Watson traveled the world playing the music he loved, but his heart never strayed far from his home in Deep Gap, North Carolina," Perdue said in a statement. "He will be missed."

(Excerpt) Read more at wral.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: bluegrass; docwatson; music; obituary
I heard him in concert once in 1973, and I'm ashamed to say that since I've moved back to NC in 1997 I've not gone to see him again. Now, its too late to do so. A great loss to the world of blue-grass and ballad singing!
1 posted on 05/29/2012 6:34:23 PM PDT by NCDragon
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To: NCDragon

Doc, the circle is unbroken, hug merle and know
that we miss you, my eyes are filled with tears.
t.


2 posted on 05/29/2012 6:37:56 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: NCDragon

RIP Doc!


3 posted on 05/29/2012 6:41:54 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: tet68

Saw him and Merle at a bluegrass festival. Man they could flat play!! Great music!!


4 posted on 05/29/2012 6:43:03 PM PDT by refermech
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To: NCDragon

Saw Doc in 1979 with Merle. Great show.

RIP Doc!


5 posted on 05/29/2012 6:45:08 PM PDT by HerrBlucher
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To: NCDragon
I didn't realize he was still alive. Gosh, he was a big influence on me and my musical tastes.

Wonderful musician.

6 posted on 05/29/2012 6:46:12 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: NCDragon

Guitar? Did someone whisper guitar?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBBDCV2Fzno


7 posted on 05/29/2012 6:50:01 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: billorites

He taught me my right hand, which has served me well for 40 years. My gosh,,,,, I’m so sad! An American Music icon, And more important to me than I can describe. RIP Doc! I’ll miss you!


8 posted on 05/29/2012 6:51:55 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: NCDragon

Summertime:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vi8W93aJG_U


9 posted on 05/29/2012 6:53:38 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: billorites

Doc and Merle and the Frosty Morning Band was a great live recording that showcased the awesome chemistry of the two Watsons. Man, I’m really saddened by his death. I’ll have to dig this album out and have a listen. RIP Doc!


10 posted on 05/29/2012 6:53:49 PM PDT by refermech
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To: NCDragon

Many years ago, in Field & Stream or one of those mags, a writer had an article about “The Shotgunner’s Mystique.” He was referring to the almost mysterious ability to rapid fire a shotgun at live game, or clay targets, and the instant ability to lead the moving target before pulling the trigger. The same can be said for many fields of endeavor, such as a MLB batter hitting a 99 mph fastball, etc.

Another shining example would be such as was demonstrated in a video of Doc Watson playing “Black Mountain Rag” and the mind-boggling swiftness of pick on the guitar strings with one hand, and the fingers of the other hand flying around over the fret board.

What came to my mind watching it was Psalms 139:14 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

Even more remarkable was that, because he was sightless, Doc Watson couldn’t “peek.” His was pure, unvarnished professionalism.


11 posted on 05/29/2012 7:02:27 PM PDT by Tucker39 ( Psa 68:19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: NCDragon

I have to admit, I had no idea who this was, but I gotta tell you, I’ve been enjoying the hell out of learning a little about him and watching some videos of him om YouTube.

A great talent, for sure.


12 posted on 05/29/2012 7:02:38 PM PDT by digger48
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To: NCDragon

He was an American original, a musical treasure.

A long life, well-lived.

Ron Thomason of The Dry Branch Fire Squad said one of the mostest existentialist moments of his life was when he went to Doc’s house, and found him up on the roof, adjusting the tv antenna!

Godspeed, Doc!


13 posted on 05/29/2012 7:18:11 PM PDT by Road Glide
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To: NCDragon; tet68

RIP, Doc ........................................ FRegards


14 posted on 05/29/2012 7:40:40 PM PDT by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms ... FRegards)
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To: NCDragon

First saw him in the mid 1960s, amazing.


15 posted on 05/29/2012 7:47:05 PM PDT by 1066AD
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To: NCDragon

As much as I enjoy Amazing Grace played with bagpipes, this is the best performance of the song I’ve ever heard. It truly reaches down and touches your soul:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUDwAgApoQw&feature=related

Heaven has claimed another great for it’s string section.


16 posted on 05/29/2012 7:49:22 PM PDT by yellowhorse (6 good horses, 3 good women)
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To: smokingfrog

Right on froggy.

Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson, two months apart almost to the day.

I hope Dr. Stanley is in good health, these things happen in threes.


17 posted on 05/29/2012 7:51:14 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: NCDragon

Thank you for the many years of great music that you gave us. Prayers up for your family left behind, but its great that you are with Merle again.


18 posted on 05/29/2012 8:02:31 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (This space available--inquire within)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Truley a pioneer. Although I’ve been big Chet Atkins fan and for past couple of years Tommy Emmanuel has push me beyond anything I’ve ever dreamed of getting these 56 year old fingers to do.


19 posted on 05/29/2012 8:07:03 PM PDT by BarryM
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To: West Texas Chuck

We also lost Doug Dillard about a week ago. God must be planning one heck of a festival!


20 posted on 05/29/2012 8:31:11 PM PDT by Boiling point
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=oN4R0axwvqA&NR=1


21 posted on 05/29/2012 8:34:11 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: yellowhorse

Now you guys have gone and caused me to queue up my “Will the Circle be Unbroken” MP3s for a night of listening.


22 posted on 05/29/2012 8:58:00 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Ineptocracy; the Obama way.)
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To: digger48

This also to thy very self sometimes
Repeat thou mayst: “Lo, even good Ancus left
The sunshine with his eyes, in divers things
A better man than thou, O worthless hind;
And many other kings and lords of rule
Thereafter have gone under, once who swayed
O’er mighty peoples. And he also, he—
Who whilom paved a highway down the sea,
And gave his legionaries thoroughfare
Along the deep, and taught them how to cross
The pools of brine afoot, and did contemn,
Trampling upon it with his cavalry,
The bellowings of ocean—poured his soul
From dying body, as his light was ta’en.
And Scipio’s son, the thunderbolt of war,
Horror of Carthage, gave his bones to earth,
Like to the lowliest villein in the house.
Add finders-out of sciences and arts;
Add comrades of the Heliconian dames,
Among whom Homer, sceptered o’er them all,
Now lies in slumber sunken with the rest.
Then, too, Democritus, when ripened eld
Admonished him his memory waned away,
Of own accord offered his head to death.
Even Epicurus went, his light of life
Run out, the man in genius who o’er-topped
The human race, extinguishing all others,
As sun, in ether arisen, all the stars.
Wilt thou, then, dally, thou complain to go?—

Lucretius


23 posted on 05/29/2012 9:00:10 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: yellowhorse

Now you guys have gone and caused me to queue up my “Will the Circle be Unbroken” MP3s for a night of listening.


24 posted on 05/29/2012 9:01:26 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Ineptocracy; the Obama way.)
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To: yellowhorse

Now you guys have gone and caused me to queue up my “Will the Circle be Unbroken” MP3s for a night of listening.


25 posted on 05/29/2012 9:01:26 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Ineptocracy; the Obama way.)
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To: NCDragon
It is not possible to say how much this man impacted my musical development. A gentle, humble Christian man who came out of the Raleigh School for the Blind and began tuning pianos to make a living. Later, he "busked" (playing for tips with his guitar case open) on street corners in Boone, NC. He developed the flatpicking of fiddle tunes while playing a Les Paul in a country band (they didn't have a fiddle player).
His playing was so precise and his ear so perfectly pitched he could tell you what note a train horn was (I heard him do this- "G major 7th" as it crossed a bridge). Beyond his playing was his heartfelt singing.
For an idea of his deep belief- give a listen to "Your Long Journey"- composed by Doc and Rosa Lee Watson, and performed by Alison Krauss on the "Rising Sand" album. Bless you Doc, on your long journey. He will be greatly missed. Deo Vindice.
26 posted on 05/29/2012 9:24:28 PM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: NCDragon

Bluegrass Junction on Sirius has been playing a lot of his music since his death was announced.


27 posted on 05/29/2012 9:39:01 PM PDT by Retired Chemist
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To: NCDragon; Mrs. Don-o

We saw him several times over the years and his shows never failed to please. Last time was Christmas before last - he played every year - two shows in one evening. We always went to the first one because the second was past our bedtime.

When you saw him live, it was more like hanging out on the porch than looking at a superstar. His first professional gigs were with a local C & W dance band back in the 50’s, and he sometimes had a story to tell about that.

Which was a wonderful part of his legacy - the connection of music to life and sharing that with his audience. He engaged the audience in a way that I have seen no other performer do.

The world is a better place for Doc having lived in it.


28 posted on 05/30/2012 3:28:00 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: BarryM

“Tommy Emmanuel has push me beyond anything I’ve ever dreamed of getting these 56 year old fingers to do.”

Danny Gatton has pushed me! But I still fingerpick everything.


29 posted on 05/30/2012 5:02:20 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: NCDragon

Another great one gone! RIP DOC!


30 posted on 05/30/2012 6:34:53 AM PDT by Dick Bachert
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To: NCDragon
I woke up to hear this sad news this morning. I saw Doc and Merle perform 36 years ago; and remember years later how Merle's death hurt Doc so that we thought he wouldn't continue performing. Beautiful person, great talent. Lots of pickin' and grinnin' in heaven today.

Doc and Rosa Lee, "Your Long Journey"

31 posted on 05/30/2012 7:30:06 AM PDT by onemiddleamerican (FUBO and all your terrorist buddies)
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Thank you, Doc, for all the joy you’ve given me and will continue to give me.


32 posted on 05/30/2012 8:02:45 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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I'm sad that Doc's been "gathered to his ancestors" --- "gone to his people," "gone to be with the Lord," as the saying goes. He meant a lot to me. One of the reasons I fell in love with my husband is because he turned me on to Doc's "Warm and Windy" and "Freight Train Blues" and "Hush, My Child" and ---

Whoops, that's three reasons and so many more....

I know they're having a flat-pickin' festival in heaven. Doc was so great. I look forward to meeting him someday.

33 posted on 05/30/2012 12:10:03 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (All the way to heaven is heaven, because Christ said, "'I am the Way." - St. Catherine of Siena)
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To: tet68

Saw him on Long Island in a small venue back in the late
80s. Merle was gone only a short time and he performed superbly. But you can tell he was effected sorely by Merle’ passing.

“...He had the nerve and he had the blood...and their never was a boss like the Tennesee stud”


34 posted on 05/30/2012 12:28:42 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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