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Wednesday, 30 May 2012 - 8:47
Folk musician Doc Watson dies
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Doc Watson, the Grammy-award winning folk musician whose lightning-fast style of flat-picking influenced guitarists around the world for more than a half-century, died yesterday at a hospital in Winston-Salem, according to a hospital spokeswoman and his manager.

He was 89.

Watson, who was blind from age 1, recently had abdominal surgery that resulted in his hospitalization.

Arthel "Doc" Watson's mastery of flat-picking helped make the case for the guitar as a lead instrument in the 1950s and 1960s, when it was often considered a backup for the mandolin, fiddle or banjo.

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