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The music world has lost a legend, but not Doc Watson’s legacy.
Arthel “Doc” Watson died Tuesday at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., according to the Associated Press.
Although he had a key part in the folk revival of the ‘6os, Watson wasn’t a huge commercial success. But in his 89 years of life, the musician snagged eight Grammy awards – one of those was a lifetime achievement award – and changed the role of the guitar forever.
But what people will remember the most is his humility despite being known as how musician Sam Bush describes him, “the godfather of flat-picking” for how masterfully he perfected guitar playing in the bluegrass genre.
The plaque below a statue dedicated to Watson in 2011 in Boone, N.C., reads, “Just One of the People” – the perfect summary of one man’s life, written and requested by himself.
Doc, you’re certainly no ordinary man. You will be greatly missed.
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