This page lists thoughts and remembrances shared by readers following Doc's death. Doc touched so many people in so many ways. Whether you're a musician, music fan, friend or relative, we invite you to add your remembrance by using our memory book submittal form.
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brenda kophazy - greenville, Illinois - 10/20/2012
I've been a Doc fan since 1970. The first time I heard his music it was like the purest, cleanest music I'd heard. Doc hit my soul with a burst of sunshine that will never diminish. My soul will always be smiling because of Doc's and his music.
Mark - near Sandy Ridge, North Carolina - 10/17/2012
Every time I get frustrated with my inability to achieve new levels of performance with my guitar, it would be so easy to find excuses. Having seen and heard a man without sight do the things that Doc was able to do makes me push myself beyond excuses. Thanks Doc.
Benoît - Aix en Provence - France - 10/12/2012
Il y a 35 ans j'ai entendu un morceau de guitare sur un vieux tourne disque que nous partagions avec plusieurs étudiants. C'était Marcel Dadi qui jouait Doc's Guitar. Le lendemain j'ai trouvé par chance un disque de Doc Watson dans le qeul marchand de Vierzon. Il s'appelait "Home Again". Depuis j'écoute régulièrement tous les autres trouvés. Je ne m'en lasse jamais. Mes enfants les ont écoutés avec moi. Ils me les copient, pour les écouter aussi. L'un joue mieux que moi ses standards à la guitare, l'autre trouve des improvisions sur son piano sur "Doc's Guitar" et "south bound". J'essaie toujours de trouver son feeling en jouant "balck mountains rag". Je sais que je n'y arriverai jamais. Merci Monsieur de tous les plaisirs vécus en vous écoutant.
Michel HAUSSLER - Toulouse France - 10/10/2012
J'avais 14 ans lorsque j'ai entendu Doc pour la première fois en 1969. Je n'ai cessé de l'écouter et de chanter et jouer son répertoire toujours avec la même émotion.
Bravo Doc tu n'as fait que du bien au monde entier.
Joey Hammonds - Blackstone, VA - 10/8/2012
Wow Doc, I just recently saw you passed away...im just shocked. You actually was the one who inspired my style of playing guitar and I grew up listening to your music. Love you Doc and enjoy heaven bud. Ill see you soon
Bud Sellen - Battle Creek Michigan - 10/5/2012
From my own disabilities to my hands from a car wreck, Doc inspired me to keep on playing because of his blindness. Because I listened not only to his music, but to what he had to say. In an interview with David Holt he told of gaining a lot of his prowess from playing fiddle tunes on the guitar. Without this advice I would have given up long ago. Listen to Doc. Just wish I could have seen him in person one time.
Kelly Nolan - alaska - 09/30/2012
Heard "Now andThen"-the Doc Watson album-
Doc put reality back in to music for me- a teenager addicted to Chet Atkins, had just gotten a copy of the album(s) "Then and Now"...I realized that the music was my story, your story, American history but at the same time it was any young guitar slingesr dream, to have an ...oh crap, I;ve turned in to one of "those " guys....anyway, Doc is tops!!!!!!!!!!
Steve Hill - Asheville, NC - 09/29/2012
Very simply, his music made my life better. Followed his music for 40 years and I will miss his music and his personality.
Heiner Lange - Marl, Germany - 09/23/2012
I have listened to all the music I could get here in Germany since a friend told me in the 70's, that I should listen to the record "Look Away".
I'm really sad and I will miss him very much, allthough I never had the opportunity to see him here in Germany.
Verlinde - Belgium - 09/20/2012
I have a great respect for a great performer. His music will be always be in our minds.
Caleb S - Michigan - 09/18/2012
Man what a shame that Doc had passed away! I loved his guitar picking! I've been learning Black Mountain Rag. This is absolutely great! I know I owe you lots doc. Thank you. Rest In Peace Doc You Deserve it.
Don Soleta - Rolla, MO - 09/12/2012
A friend introduced me to Doc's music in 1973. After that I purchased every album he made. I was a strummer then and he inspired me to attempt to flatpick. At best I was mediocre, but it was fun trying and listening to his tunes over and over again. I had a chance to see him and Merle in concert in the late 70's but had to miss it. I got another chance see him and his grandson play in a small setting. He was even better in person and I was mesmerized by his playing. I read his biography last year and was amazed at how independent he was even though he was blind. His determination to provide for his family in spite of his handicap, it turned out to be a blessing to us, should be an inspiration to all. He has been called a "national treasure" and I agree. If there is any bright side to his passing, it is that he is with his son, Merle, and Doc has his sight. For sure, heaven is a little livelier these days and there is more toe-tapping on the streets of gold.
Becki Ingle - Mount Laurel, NJ - 09/9/2012
I was and am a huge Doc Watson fan. I can't even count how many times I saw him perform live. From the Philly Folk Festival and the 1st Merle Fest. I am so sad for all of his fans and for his family but I am happy for him that he is resting in the arms of Jesus. And he can now see the streets of gold in heaven. And the saints are getting to enjoy the music that we were fortunate enough to get to enjoy while he was with us. I'll see you when I get there Doc. God bless you.
Kim Bledsoe Lloyd - Memphis, TN - 09/4/2012
I'm late in the game here but I wanted to relay my gratitude to Doc and his family for the many hours of entertainment and comfort his music has given and gives to me. I lived in Boone when I was 10 until I was 12. The almost 3 years there are my fondest memories - playing in the mountains, discovering their secrets, their music and so much about myself. My mother's jazz musician boyfriend opened my eyes to the world of Appalachian and Blue Grass music - legend has it Joe (the boyfriend) was Doc's insurance salesmen. Doc became bigger than life - his music was some of the first to hit the record player I bought at Rose's Store down the street. Then came Dylan, George Harrison, Leon Russell, etc... thanks to the Concert for Bangladesh that was running in a movie theatre in Boone around that time. but it's Doc's music that I returned to time and time again - no matter how the tides turned in my personal choice of music or the trends in style. - my family and I just drove from Greenville, SC to Memphis taking the scenic route thru Asheville. We listened to Doc and all the others almost the entire way home - the music and the vista held my heart. Doc Watson has always been that way for me.
I miss knowing that Doc roams the earth somewhere but at least I know his music still does. Godspeed to his family and to all the people who have supported and loved him through the years. Thank you so much.
William Meek - Norwich, Norfolk, UK. - 09/2/2012
I heard the 'Toyhearts' do a Doc tune at a folk festival - it was only after that I learned that Doc had wandered on. Farewell Doc, and thanks for all that great music over so many years.
Bill Friedrichs - Hartland, Wi - 09/1/2012
All these months after Doc's passing, I listen to his pickin like I have for 40 years and find myself still saddened. His music is so uplifting but now it makes me sad. I know that time will pass and it will return to the way it was.
Thanks Doc for all the hours of good listening-you've inspired me and made my life better.
Charles Jennings - Winchester, England - 08/28/2012
I first heard Doc playing and singing in the '60. His artistry was a revelation. Then had the pleasure of seeing him play just once - in London in the 1970s, but his music has been a constant through almost half a century. A privilege to have shared some of his time on the Earth.
barbara bilsky - santa rosa, ca - 08/25/2012
Have been a long time fan of Doc Watson since the 60's. His music expresses the early heritage of Celtic/Brit folk tunes, intertwined with the local U.S. Atlantic seaboard areas from the New England states below the Mason-Dixon Line. He was a musician of great talent and innovation. It is hopeful that the upcoming musicians respectful of this kind of music will promote Doc's legacy.
chris arcari - liverpool england - 08/20/2012
it is with a heavy heart that I have only just seen the news of Doc.I first heard him on the triple album Will the circle be unbroken by the NGDB and friends in the seventies and was immediately hooked on his wonderful voice and guitar playing.My only regret is that I never saw him play live except on cd and video.It is a sad year 2012 as my two favourite pickers Doc and Earl Scruggs have both passed away within weeks of each other.All I can say is thank heavens for YouTube where there is a wealth of clips with Doc playing live.God bless you Doc, He is in for a treat listening to you and thanks from me for all the pleasure you unknowingly gave to me. R.I.P.
John Allen - Ethelsville,AL - 08/18/2012
RIP Doc. You gave me countless hours of pleasure listening to Your music and vainly trying to flatpick like You. May God Bless And comfort Your family.