Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson (March 3, 1923 - May 29, 2012) was an American singer, banjoist, guitarist and composer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues and gospel.
Doc Watson was born in North Carolina, in the village of Deep Gap, March 3, 1923. As he explains on the triple biographical CD Legacy, he got the nickname "Doc" during a public recording on the radio when the presenter, believing that his first name, Arthel, was odd, said a simpler nickname would have been better. One of the listeners exclaimed, "Call him Doc! ", Certainly referring to Sherlock Holmes' right hand man, Dr. Watson. The nickname stayed.
An eye infection made him lose his sight when he was not a year old. His parents forced him to work hard to become independent. He was accepted to the school for the visually impaired in North Carolina, the Governor Morehead School, located in Raleigh.
The first song he learned was When Roses Bloom in Dixieland. His father was so proud that he took the young Arthel to buy his first guitar, a $ 12 Stella. Doc turned out to be naturally talented, and in a few months he found himself at a street corner alongside his brother Linny to play the songs of the famous duos of the Delmore Brothers, The Louvin Brothers and Monroe Brothers. When he came of age, in addition to being an excellent singer, he became a prolific guitarist, both in acoustic guitar and electric guitar.