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Eddy Merle Watson

Birthdate: (36)
Birthplace: Watauga County, North Carolina, United States
Death: October 26, 1985 (36)
Immediate Family:

Son of "Doc" Watson and Rosa Lee Carlton
Brother of <private> Watson

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About Merle Watson

Eddy Merle Watson (February 8, 1949 - October 10, 1985) was an American guitarist and folk singer. He was best known for the performances he did with his father, Doc Watson. They played and recorded albums together for 15 years until Merle's death in a tractor accident. MerleFest, a folk music festival held annually in Wilkesboro, NC, is named in his honor.


All albums were in collaboration with his father, Doc Watson.

1965 - Doc Watson & Son
1973 - Then and Now
1974 - Two Days in November
1977 - Lonesome Road
1978 - Look Away!
1981 - Red Rocking Chair
1983 - Doc and Merle Watson's Guitar Album
1984 - Down South
1985 - Pickin' the Blues

Awards and honors

1974 Grammy for Best Ethnic Or Traditional Recording: Merle Watson & Doc Watson for Two Days In November

1979 Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance: Doc Watson & Merle Watson for Big Sandy/Leather Britches

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Merle Watson's Timeline

February 8, 1949
Watauga County, North Carolina, United States
October 26, 1985
Age 36