Watson, Doc

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Watson, Doc Gender: M
Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson
born on 3 March 1923 at 21:00 (= 9:00 PM )
Place Deep Gap, North Carolina, 36n14, 81w32
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 12°29' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 25°37 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 15°55'

Doc Watson
photo: boonejag75, license cc-by-2.0


American blind guitarist, songwriter and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues and gospel music. An eye infection caused Doc Watson to lose his vision before his first birthday. Despite this, he was taught by his parents to work hard and care for himself. Watson's earliest influences were country roots musicians and groups such as the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers. The first song he learned to play on the guitar was "When Roses Bloom in Dixieland", first recorded by the Carter Family in 1930. Watson stated in an interview with American Songwriter that, "Jimmie Rodgers was the first man that I started to claim as my favorite." Watson proved to be a natural musical talent and within months was performing on local street corners playing songs from the Delmore Brothers, Louvin Brothers, and Monroe Brothers alongside his brother Linny. By the time Watson reached adulthood, he had become a proficient acoustic and electric guitar player.

In 1947, Doc married Rosa Lee Carlton, the daughter of popular fiddle player Gaither Carlton. Watson and Rosa Lee had two children — Eddy Merle (named after country music legends Eddy Arnold and Merle Travis) in 1949 and Nancy Ellen in 1951. He performed with his son Merle for over 15 years until Merle's death in 1985 in an accident on the family farm.

Watson died on 29 May 2012 after colon cancer surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center at the age of 89.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Collins, Cal (born 5 May 1933). Notes: Music collaborators


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes biography by Kent Gustavson, Blind But Now I See: The Biography of Music Legend Doc Watson.


  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Eyes (blind after eye infection before 1 year old)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Country-Western