Legendary musician Doc Watson passes away at 89

Legendary musician Doc Watson passes away at 89

Los Angeles : CA : USA | May 30, 2012 at 4:21 AM PDT
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Grammy-award winning folk musician Doc Watson recently passed away at the age of 89-years

The world of music lost one of its truly inspirational musicians by the name of Doc Watson. Watson passed away at the age of 89-years and the news was confirmed by official sources. According to the details provided, the singer died on Tuesday at a hospital in Winston-Salem. He was admitted to the hospital last week after he had a fall at his home. However when he was brought to the hospital, matters became more complicated and he had to undergo abdominal surgery.

Doc Watson was blind from the age of 1, but during his lifetime he mastered the art of music and specialized in guitars. He was known for his lightening-fast style of flatpicking and his style inspired musicians from all over the world so much, that they started to copy him. Watson is credited with brining guitar to the forefront of the music as a lead instrument in the 1950s and 60s. At that time, the guitars were often considered to be a backup for other instruments such as the fiddle, mandolin or the banjo.

Doc Watson's real name is Arthel Watson and he was born on the 3rd of March, 1923 in Deep Gap, N.C., in the Blue Ridge Mountain. When he was just one-year-old, Watson developed an eye infections which was worsened by a congenital vascular disorder and after that he could not see for the rest of his life, and he lived like that. According to details provided, Watson developed an interest in music right from the beginning, thanks to his father. His father was an active member of the church choir and he got his son a harmonica as a young child. By the age of 5-years he was already playing the banjo. Watson learnt a few guitar chords while attending the North Carolina Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh and seeing his interest, his father bought him a guitar for $12 at that time.

"My real interest in music was the old 78 records and the sound of the music," Doc Watson is quoted as saying on music.msn.com. "I loved it and began to realize that one of the main sounds on those old records I loved was the guitar."

With his love for guitar, Doc Watson made it big in this industry and now that he is gone, he has left behind many tearful eyes.

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