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Bluegrass Legend Doc Watson Has Died

NEW ORLEANS - MAY 01:  Recording Artist Doc Watson  performs at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds Race Course on May 1, 2009 in New Orleans.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Doc Watson

Hugely influential folk and bluegrass guitarist Doc Watson died on Tuesday in North Carolina at age 89; he had recently undergone abdominal surgery. Born Arthel Lane Watson, the blind finger-picking pioneer "elevated the acoustic guitar to solo status in bluegrass and country music," writes the New York Times. There's no shortage of YouTube fodder for you to commemorate the man's excellence with.

Photo: Rick Diamond/2009 Getty Images