Folk Guitar Legend 'Doc' Watson Dies
May 29, 2012 at 5:51 PM (PT)
Folk guitar legend ARTHEL "DOC WATSON" died TUESDAY at a WINSTON-SALEM, NC hospital, the WASHINGTON POST reports. Hospitalized recently after abdominal surgery, WATSON was 89.
Blind from age 1, WATSON's lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world for more than a half-century. His start in the business was as a electric lead guitar in a country-and-western swing band in 1953, but he earned his first major breakthrough at the NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL in 1963, which led to his first recording contract and a 60-album career.
Seven of his albums won GRAMMY Awards; he was also awarded a a lifetime achievement GRAMMY in 2004. WATSON received the National Medal of the Arts from Pres. BILL CLINTON in 1997.