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Happy Birthday Doc Watson (born March 3, 1923)

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Wesley S 02 Mar 00 - 09:04 AM
Midchuck 02 Mar 00 - 09:15 AM
Fortunato 02 Mar 00 - 09:45 AM
Steve Latimer 02 Mar 00 - 10:06 AM
Willie-O 02 Mar 00 - 10:45 AM
Midchuck 02 Mar 00 - 10:52 AM
Benjamin 03 Mar 00 - 01:11 AM
wysiwyg 03 Mar 00 - 02:54 AM
Fortunato 03 Mar 00 - 08:35 AM
Midchuck 03 Mar 00 - 08:41 AM
Fortunato 03 Mar 00 - 08:43 AM
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Subject: Happy Birthday Doc Watson !
From: Wesley S
Date: 02 Mar 00 - 09:04 AM

According to the newspaper Doc Watson turns 77 today - and here's hoping he has many,many more years ahead of him. I've never had a chance to hear him in person. But I know that he has spread a lot of joy and great music in his lifetime. And that's something we can all aspire to. Happy Birthday , Doc


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday Doc Watson !
From: Midchuck
Date: 02 Mar 00 - 09:15 AM

Cut-and-pasted from the Flatpick-L list:

[Howdy there,

Birthday regards should be given and I'll pass them along to Doc. However, you're a day early. Doc's birthday is and always has been March 3rd. It was published wrong somewhere years ago. I see this happen every year. I know Doc appreciates all the fans on the "L". We talk about some of the stuff I see here. Hope to see you on the gig trail.

Regards, Jack Lawrence, journeyman guitarist]

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday Doc Watson !
From: Fortunato
Date: 02 Mar 00 - 09:45 AM

Many happy returns, Doc. regards, Fortunato


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday Doc Watson !
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 02 Mar 00 - 10:06 AM

Happy Birthday Doc, Many more years of pickin'.


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday Doc Watson !
From: Willie-O
Date: 02 Mar 00 - 10:45 AM

Doc's the Man. Always has been. Happy birthday indeed.

Last week on CBC radio this so-called musicologist Adrian Shumann (who has probably never seen a steel-string guitar in his sheltered life) managed to confuse the identities of Doc Watson, Merle Watson and Merle Travis in a kind of three-way switch. I sent him a sternly-worded e-mail requesting a correction--and god knows he has a lot to answer for! Didn't know it was so timely. Any Canadian--Ontario types, if you listen to Fresh Air early Sunday morning on CBC Radio One, (6:30, ouch) check it out this week.

Yours for accuracy in radio...
Willie-O

P.S. Jack Lawrence is considerably more than a journeyman guitarist. He's Doc's second guitarist, so obviously no slouch...


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday Doc Watson !
From: Midchuck
Date: 02 Mar 00 - 10:52 AM

"P.S. Jack Lawrence is considerably more than a journeyman guitarist. He's Doc's second guitarist, so obviously no slouch..."

Yes, but That's his own signature. It's sort of a joke of his....

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday Doc Watson !
From: Benjamin
Date: 03 Mar 00 - 01:11 AM

Happy Birthday Doc!

I remeber thinking Doc was only an amazing guitar player, till I saw him play Dixie Land on his harmonica. He deserves a lot more credit for his harp playing then he gets!

For anyone doesn't have one already, I would highly recomend you pick up a Vestapol video of Doc in concert. There are a few and it's amazing to watch him play!

BMW


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday Doc Watson !
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Mar 00 - 02:54 AM

When I was a mere sprat, everyone I loved to listen to had something so wonderful, zippy, sweet, in common. What was it????? At the library one day I found a beat up old copy of a Doc Watson record. Never heard of him. Till I played the record!!! There were all my idols' songs, guitar patterns, singing style--- I was in love with Doc wannabe's!!

Then I got the be-Doc bug mnyself, by the end of side one of the record, and joined all my idols. They weren't wannabe's at all, just infected with the best.

'Course Doc himself has been seriously infected himself, with Missisippi John Hurt, who I also had to dig up in my white-bread suburbia to appreciate.

I hope the time between Doc's eventual graduation to heaven and my own passing over is brief-- I don't want to be away from that sweet sound for too long! On the other hand, Merle's already there where it's always windy and warm, and I bet he and John Hurt are having a blast....

Doc, I thank God for your life!


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday Doc Watson !
From: Fortunato
Date: 03 Mar 00 - 08:35 AM

Midchuck, aka, Jack Lawrence,
Jack,
I caught your show at the Birchmere in Jan. this year. Doc and you boys played real fine. It is a treasure beyond compare to have Doc to stir us up. Bill Kirchen was there to see "The Mighty Doc" as he called him, as well. The room was thick with DC pickers.

Please tell Doc many happy returns. And tell him I can't forget his birthday 'cause my mother's is tomorrow.

Give me a holler here at Mudcat when you're passing through town if you want to pick a little with the local boys. Susette and I will throw some chili on the stove and bake some corn bread. All the best.

Regards, Chance Shiver


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday Doc Watson !
From: Midchuck
Date: 03 Mar 00 - 08:41 AM

I ain't Jack Lawrence. I'm only thirty years of practicing guitar 16 hours a day, plus a lot of natural talent, away from being Jack Lawrence. I was just quoting a message he posted on the flatpick mail list.

That would be an interesting rumor to get started, though....

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday Doc Watson !
From: Fortunato
Date: 03 Mar 00 - 08:43 AM

Peter, Midchuck, thanks for facilitating a transfer of birthday greetings.

Fortunato


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday Doc Watson !
From: Fortunato
Date: 03 Mar 00 - 09:51 AM

Midchuck/Peter

Forgive my diction. I stretched the connotation of AKA beyond it's limits. What I really meant was to speak through you to Jack and Doc; I assumed you would be transmigrating the thread back to Flatpick. I'm sorry if I misunderstood. I'll extend the invitation to you instead or as well as the case may be. When you're in the neighborhood give me a holler. We'll be making music, you might as well come on by.

Regards Chance


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday Doc Watson !
From: Willie-O
Date: 03 Mar 00 - 11:40 AM

This is getting convoluted--if as A Schumann claimed on the CBC so-it-must-be-true that Doc Watson's real name is Merle and he wrote "Dark As A Dungeon", and Jack Lawrence is really Midchuck, then its equally possible that:

  • Rick Fielding's real name is Pete Seeger
  • Max's real name is Muddy Waters cause he invented electricity in music
  • Mbo is a pseudonym for Robbie Burns
  • my real name is Madonna.

    or maybe I'm just
    Willie-O


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday Doc Watson !
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 03 Mar 00 - 01:12 PM

For a partial list of recordings, we could start with:

Atkins, Chet and Doc Watson

SUG 3896, Reflections, $12.98

What can I say? Two of the best guitarists of our time.

Dill Pickle Rag ~ Me And Chet Made A Record ~ Flatt Did It ~ Medley: Tennessee Rag/Beaumont Rag ~ Medley: Texas Gales/Old Joe Clark ~ You're Gonna Be Sorry ~ Goodnight Waltz ~ Don't Monkey 'Round My Widder ~ Medley: Black And White/Ragtime Annie ~ On My Way To Canaan's Land

Watson, Doc

VAN 6576, Ballads From Deep Gap, $12.98

Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms ~ My Rough and Rowdy Ways ~ The Wreck of Old Number 9 ~ Gambler's Yodel ~ The Cuckoo ~ Stack O'Lee ~ Willie Moore ~ Travellin' Man ~ The Tragic Romance ~ Texas Gales ~ The Lawson Family Murder ~ Alabama Bound

VEST 13026, Legends of Old Time Music, $22.49

VIDEO Celebrated as the wellspring of bluegrass and country, old time music is a richly exciting genre in its own right. Steeped in Anglo-Celtic roots and nourished by New World experience and encounters with African-Americans, at once personal and communal, free-spirited and conservative, old time music expresses Southern folklore and lifestyles which have largely passed into history. Some of its greatest practitioners have been preserved and are collected on this video. The full range of this archetypally American music, from its British roots ("The Four Marys") to its `high lonesome' Kentucky branches (Roscoe Holcomb), is explored via voices, guitars, fiddles, banjos, and a dulcimer in rare footage capturing the essence of Appalachian American folk music at its purest and best. Artists include: Tommy Jarrell, Roscoe Holcombe, Sam McGee, Doc Watson, Clarence Ashley, Marion Sumner and others.

VEST 13004, Legends of Traditional Fingerstyle Guitar, $22.49

VIDEO With Rev. Gary Davis (one song), Merle Travis (three songs), Elizabeth Cotten (four songs), Doc Watson (two songs), Doc & Merle Watson (three songs), Sam & Kirk McGee (three songs), Mance Lipscomb (two songs), Roscoe Holcomb (one song), Josh White (one song) and Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry (one song). Traditional fingerstyle guitar is particular to its time and place, drawing heavily upon local culture, but allowing for personal expression and innovation. By the time regional representation of rural black and white music began appearing on record, the guitar had become (in most places) the premier instrument for its versatility and its expressiveness. While songs such as "John Henry," "Casey Jones" and "Sitting on Top of the World" became standards almost upon their inception, the manner in which they were played varied from place to place (two radically different -- yet still traditional -- versions of "John Henry" by Merle Travis and Josh White appear in this video to illustrate this). These artists are all masters of the fingerstyle guitar, whether using two or three finger picking, with or without picks. They fashioned a deeply influential playing style created from the rags, blues, ballads, and native airs that permeated their times and give impetus to any musician, knowingly or not, who picks a string today.

VEST 13023, Rare Performances 1963-1981, $22.49

VIDEO The world of American folk music was immediately enriched by the discovery of North Carolina's Doc Watson in 1960. He arrived in time to play an active role in the then-booming folk revival, where he showed a generation of guitarists how to play traditional music with fresh drive and imagination. This collection illustrates the power and range of Doc's talents and the evolution of this performance style. The tapestry of sounds Doc wove during his first two decades performing outside North Carolina unfolds in these enduring and inspiring performances.

SUG 2839, Songs From The Southern Mountains, $13.98

Rye Cove ~ Twilight is Stealing ~ Fisher's Hornpipe ~ Blue Yodel #7 ~ A Tiny Broken Heart ~ Honey Babe Blues ~ Brown's Dream ~ When The Roll is Called Up Yonder ~ My Little Woman, You're So Sweet ~ Will My Mother Know Me There ~ Go Shoot Old Davey Dugger ~ My Wandering Boy ~ Somebody Touched Me ~ Grandfather's Clock ~ Lonely Tombs ~ Just A Friend

SF 40012, The Doc Watson Family, $13.98

Reissue of Folkways 2366 from 1963, with previously unreleased tracks. Compiled by Jeff Place and Ralph Rinzler with assistance from Mike Seeger

Ground Hog~ Every Day Dirt ~ Bonaparte's Retreat ~ The House Carpenter ~ I'm Troubled ~ Your Long Journey ~ When I Die ~ That Train That Carried My Girl From Town ~ Down the Road ~ The Lone Pilgrim ~ Texas Gales/Blackberry Rag ~ Darling Corey ~ The Triplett Tragedy ~ Muddy Roads ~ The Lost Soul ~ Keep in the Middle of the Road ~ The Old Man Below ~ Pretty Saro ~ Cousin Sally Brown ~ Look Down That Lonesome Road ~ Doodle Bug~ Rambling Hobo ~ The Cuckoo Bird ~ Frosty Morn ~ Shady Grove ~ Southbound

VAN 45, The Essential Doc Watson, $12.98

Tom Dooley ~ Alberta ~ Froggie Went A-Courtin' ~ Beaumont Rag ~ St. James Hospital ~ Muskrat ~ Down In The Valley To Pray ~ Blue Railroad Train ~ Rising Sun Blues ~ Shady Grove ~ My Rough & Rowdy Ways ~ Train That Carried My Girl ~ Black Mountain Rag ~ I Was A Stranger ~ Blueridge Mountain Blues ~ Country Blues ~ Groundhog ~ Little Orphan Girl ~ Blackberry Blossom ~ Going Down This Road Feeling Bad ~ Rambling Hobo ~ Little Omie Wise ~ Handsome Molly ~ Whitehouse Blues ~I Want To Love Him More ~ Way Downtown

VAN 155, The Vanguard Years , 4 Cd Set, $49.98

"Discovered" in the heat of the sixties folk revival, Doc Watson is a legendary performer who blends his traditional Appalachian folk music roots with blues, country, gospel, and bluegrass to infancy, Doc has spent his lifetime making music and is considered by fans everywhere one of the world's most accomplished flat-pickers. - from the Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Disc One

create his unique style and expansive repertoire. Blind from Rambling Hobo ~ Train That Carried My Girl From Town ~ The Coo Coo ~ Reuben's Train ~ Hick's Farewell ~ Grandfather's Clock ~ Beaumont Rag ~ Farewell Blues ~ Footprints in the Snow ~ Intoxicated Rat ~ Talk About Suffering ~ Omie Wise ~ Country blues ~ Black Mountain Rag ~ Doc's Guitar ~ Deep River Blues

DISC TWO

Muskrat ~ Dream of the Miner's Child ~ Rising Sun Blues ~ Otto Wood The Bandit ~ Little Sadie ~ Windy and Warm ~ Tennessee Stud ~ Blue Railroad Train ~ Down in the Valley to Pray ~ Dill Pickle Rag ~ The F.F.V. ~ Childhood Play ~ Streamline Cannonball ~ Old Camp Meeting Time ~ I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes ~ The Girl in the blue Velvet Band

DISC THREE

New River Train ~ Rank Stranger ~ Corrina, Corrina ~ What Does the Deep Sea Say ~ There's More Pretty Girls Than One ~ Way Downtown ~ Brown's Ferry Blues ~ Spike Driver Blues ~ Roll On Buddy ~ I Am a Pilgrim ~ Wabash Cannonball ~ Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms ~ The Lawson Family Murder ~ The Cuckoo

DISC Four

Alabama Bound ~ Bye Bye Bluebells ~ Kinfolks in Carolina ~ San Antonio Rose ~ Bow Your Whistle Freight Train ~ Cannonball Rag ~ I Am A Pilgrim ~ Arrangement Blues ~ I Got a Pig At Home in the Pen ~ My Rough and Rowdy Ways ~ Deep River Blues ~ Banks of the Ohio ~ A-Roving on a Cold Winter's Night ~ Southbound ~ Memphis Blues ~ Salt Creek / Bill Cheatham ~ Brown's Ferry Blues ~ Windy and Warm

THough, for that matter, I'd gladly pay to hear Doc sing the Staten Island phone book.

(PS) All available at CAMSCO


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday Doc Watson !
From: GUEST, Bryant
Date: 03 Mar 00 - 02:10 PM

There's also Smithsonian/Folkways Doc Watson and Clarence Ashley: The Original Folkways Recording. I've been learning lots of great songs from this collection lately.

Happy Birthday, Doc and thanks for all the great music.


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday Doc Watson !
From: The Shambles
Date: 03 Mar 00 - 06:35 PM

Happy Birthday Doc.

Some more nice words are here Doc watson an appreciation


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday Doc Watson !
From: Wesley S
Date: 03 Mar 00 - 06:38 PM

By the way - today is the 3rd Doc Watsons real birthday. Sorry about the misinformation earlier. It just goes to show you that you can't believe everything you read. Happy Birthday Doc.


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday Doc Watson !
From: Pixie
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 12:13 PM

I consider it a rare privilege to be able to add birthday greetings to Doc Watson. I could have seen him in Vancouver many years ago, but didn't know who he was. One of the major regrets I have! What an opportunity it would have been, if only.....sigh!


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday Doc Watson !
From: tar_heel
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 04:08 PM

happy birthday,doc watson!!!! doc was one of my favorite people when i was producing tv stories from the mountains of north carolina. doc graciously gave me his time for the whole day,to get my story on video. it was my honor to be his guest along with his wife, for lunchthat day. it was really one of the greatest moments of my life. many more happy birthdays,doc watson!!!! regards, chuck hemrick "BLUERIDGE VIEWS",tv producer/photographer.


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday Doc Watson !
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 03 Mar 11 - 02:48 PM

11 years on, the good Doc is still gigging, playing with as much passion and precision as ever.

Happy 88th birthday Doc, and I hope you will still be around so's I can refresh this thread once again on your 100th birthday.


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday Doc Watson !
From: Will Fly
Date: 03 Mar 11 - 03:00 PM

88 eh? Fantastic! Hope for us all - if we were ever anywhere near the Doc in the first place...

Happy Birthday indeed!


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday Doc Watson !
From: BanjoRay
Date: 03 Mar 11 - 04:43 PM

Doc's a major lesson to all of us what a real guitar player could (and maybe should) sound like!


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday Doc Watson (born March 3, 1923)
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 03 Mar 11 - 10:41 PM

The music has changed so much and not for the better in my opinion. However icons like Doc can be relied on to show us what it was and what it still could be! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Don't ever stop!


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday Doc Watson (born March 3, 1923)
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 04 Mar 11 - 06:09 PM

Happy birthday, Doc. Keep pickin' and singin' and showin' us young 'uns how it's supposed to be done.


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