2012 – Doc Watson, the blind Grammy-award winning folk musician died on This Day in Rock History! Doc, whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world. After falling in his home in the Blue Ridge Mountains, he underwent stomach surgury and was in critical condition for several days. Doc’s master of flatpicking herolded in the guitar as a lead instrument, and helped create, unknowingly, Rock Music.
Country and bluegrass singer Ricky Skaggs said Tuesday evening, “An old ancient warrior has gone home.”
“He prepared all of us to carry this on,” Skaggs added. Mr. Watson was born March 3, 1923, in Deep Gap. He lost his eyesight by the age of 1 when he developed an eye infection that was worsened by a congenital vascular disorder, according to a website for Merlefest, the annual musical gathering named for his late son Merle.