Talk:Doc Watson

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Could we find a more recent, or better picture of Doc Watson? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.159.45.30 (talkcontribs) 20:54, July 30, 2005

The article now has a high-contrast photo of Doc Watson from 2009. —Tim Pierce (talk) 17:12, 26 October 2010 (UTC)


Seventh son?[edit]

Besides that, Doc usually is a nickname for the seventh child (son) in a family. (Jan Willems) -

Why is User: stuff in article? I took it out.

Fplay 05:13, 12 December 2005 (UTC)

Discography[edit]

Doc has done a lot of records, shouldn't we include a list of some of the most well known ones, ie Sittin Here Pickin the Blues?

I agree - I think a full discography should be the goal, however.
I'm working on the discography... kind of slow. What's up with Doc and Merle's Guitar Album? Was it released in 1972 or 1983? Or a re-release in 83? I'm having troubles finding info. Otherwise, I'll get more done and probably break the discography over to a new page as it's going to be huge.Airproofing (talk) 01:38, 29 July 2008 (UTC)

Merle[edit]

I don't know enough to fix this myself, but does anyone else think it doesn't make a lot of sense to redirect Merle Watson to Doc's page? I mean, they're two different people; a basic stub would be better than what we've got. It's labeled as a redirect for subtopics, but I don't think that really applies here. Evanbro 00:29, 23 July 2006 (UTC)

I agree (although I'm not likely to fix it soon myself, either). Merle is famous enough for a Wikipedia article. --Allen 03:16, 23 July 2006 (UTC)
I agree - Merle deserves his own page. There is some information available here: http://www.merlefest.org/DocsIntro.htm. Merle was named by Frets magazine as best fingerstyle guitarist of 1985, that makes him worthy of his own page. --User:DanielLevitin 20:16, 16 December 2006 (UTC)

At least add the Reflections album he did with Chet Atkins.

Error in bio[edit]

It should say that the first song Doc learned to play on guitar was "When the Roses Bloom in Dixieland" -- not the first song he ever learned, period. He had played harmonica and banjo before picking up the guitar. Also, under instruments played under his picture, you should include mandolin and autoharp; he has recorded on both -- the first on several tracks on "The Watson Family" and "Old Timey Concert" and the second on one of the Newport Folk Festival CDs. He plays "Grandfather's Clock" and "Chinese Breakdown" on the autoharp, if memory serves. Banjochris (talk) 03:09, 8 May 2010 (UTC)

Doc and the Banjo[edit]

Doc's first stringed instrument was the 5 string banjo which appears on recordings throughout his life. I am working on a comprehensive list of his banjo recordings and other historical/technical aspects of his playing. Would this go in as a new section in this entry, or should we start a specific page on his banjo playing? Rodeworks(talk) 16:12, 25 March 2013 (UTC)

(New sections go at the bottom of the talk page.) His banjo skills are already mentioned two or three times. Many musicians play multiple instruments. WP:WEIGHT indicates that such a detail should not be discussed so extensively that it outweighs other important details in the article. This is not a long article. I think the banjo is already discussed enough. If you wish to reword what's already written that might be appropriate, but certainly do not create a new section. Also please read WP:V and WP:RS. Anything you add to the article must be referenced to a reliable source (see WP:CITE for citing sources). Don't assume that every song in which you hear a banjo that it is being played by Doc. Thanks. Cresix (talk) 16:27, 25 March 2013 (UTC)