The Elementary Doctor Watson!

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The Elementary Doctor Watson!
Studio album by Doc Watson, Merle Watson
Released 1972
Recorded 1972 at Jack Clement Studio, Nashville, TN
Genre Folk, blues
Length 39:15 (re-issue)
Label Tomato
Producer Jack Clement
Doc Watson chronology
Doc Watson on Stage
The Elementary Doctor Watson!
Then and Now

The Elementary Doctor Watson! is the title of a studio album by American country music artists Doc Watson and Merle Watson, released in 1972.


The Elementary Doctor Watson! is Watson's first album after leaving the Vanguard Records label for Poppy Records (Poppy Records' founder Kevin Eggers started Tomato Records later and published many of the Poppy Records catalogue as CDs). It was also the first of three successive Watson albums to be produced by Jack Clement. The next two would win Grammy awards.

The cover art was created by one of Poppy Records' favoured artists, Milton Glaser, who also employed his font "Glaser Stencil" on the album's back cover.

Doc dedicated the song "Treasures Untold" to his wife Rosa Lee.

Sugar Hill records re-issued The Elementary Doctor Watson! on CD with four bonus tracks.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Jim Smith wrote of the album "... this is a great Sunday morning record, a genuine pleasure from start to finish."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Going Down the Road Feeling Bad" (Traditional) – 2:48
  2. "The Last Thing on My Mind" (Tom Paxton) – 3:19
  3. "Freight Train Boogie" (Watson) – 3:00
  4. "More Pretty Girls Than One" (Alton Delmore, Smith) – 2:49
  5. "I Couldn't Believe It Was True" (Eddy Arnold, Wally Fowler) – 2:50
  6. "Summertime" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) – 3:25
  7. "Worried Blues" (Traditional) – 3:12
  8. "Interstate Rag" (Watson) – 2:28
  9. "Three Times Seven" (Cliff Stone, Merle Travis) – 2:18
  10. "Treasures Untold" (Ellsworth Cozzens, Jimmie Rodgers) – 3:07
    Reissue bonus tracks:
  11. "I'm Going Fishing" (Traditional) – 2:38
  12. "Little Beggar Man/Old Joe Clark" (Traditional) – 2:08
  13. "Frankie and Johnny" (Traditional) – 3:05
  14. "Old Camp Meetin' Time" (Traditional) – 2:08


  • Doc Watson – guitar, harmonica, vocals
  • Merle Watson – guitar, banjo
  • Norman Blake – dobro
  • Vassar Clements – fiddle
  • Joe Allen – bass
  • Kenny Malone – percussion
  • Charles Cochran – piano, string arrangements
  • Jim Colvard – guitar, baritone guitar
  • Jim Isbell – drums, sound effects
  • Ken Lauber – piano

Production notes[edit]

  • Produced by Jack Clement
  • Recorded at Jack Clement Recording Studios, Nashville, TN
  • Engineered by Ronnie Dean and Lee Hazen
  • Cover art by Milton Glaser
  • David Glasser – re-issue digital re-mastering


  1. ^ a b Smith, Jim. "The Elementary Doctor Watson! > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 

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