Folk music hero Doc Watson dies at age 89

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Folk music hero Doc Watson, ‘the godfather of all flatpickers,’ passes away at the age of 89

By Daily Mail Reporter
Daily Mail Online

Doc Watson, the blind Grammy-award winning folk musician whose music was embraced by generations and whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world, died Tuesday at a North Carolina hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman and his manager.

He was 89.

Watson died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, where he was hospitalized recently after falling at his home in Deep Gap, in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

(…)According to the Encyclopedia of Country Music, Watson took his nickname at age 19 when someone couldn’t pronounce his name and a girl in the audience shouted ‘Call him Doc!’

Seven of his albums won Grammy awards; his eighth Grammy was a lifetime achievement award in 2004.

He also received the National Medal of the Arts from President Bill Clinton in 1997.

‘There may not be a serious, committed baby boomer alive who didn’t at some point in his or her youth try to spend a few minutes at least trying to learn to pick a guitar like Doc Watson,’ Clinton said at the time.

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