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Remembering Doc Watson: 1923-2012

Posted in News on May 30, 2012
Pictured: Doc Watson.
Pictured: Doc Watson. Photo: GAB Archive/Redferns

Doc Watson, a virtuosic guitarist and beloved member of BMI’s songwriting family, died on Tuesday, May 29 in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was 89. Watson’s interpretations of old-time music, along with his signature flat-picking, mesmerized the entire nation, became a defining bridge between his native Appalachia and the 60’s folk movement, and profoundly influenced generations of musicians.

For an in-depth look at Watson’s incredible life, read the comprehensive New York Times tribute published May 29.