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Grateful Dead Conspiracy » Live Grateful Dead Songs » Sittin On Top Of The World » SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD (1964) by Doc Watson Video Footage

SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD (1964) By Doc Watson Video Footage

Grateful Dead - Sittin' On Top Of The World

In a Doc Watson music book I have, this song is titled 'Settin' On Top Of The World'. It was originally done by the Mississippi Sheiks and has been covered by many people, including the Grateful Dead. Doc commented that 'I fashioned my arrangements from Frank Hutchinson's The Train That Carried My Girl From Town and Worried Blues; I just worked out a finger-picking version in an open tuning'. (It is open D tuning, capo first fret). If you don't know Doc, consider finding his songs. He is a formidable finger-picker and flat picker, he sings, and plays other instruments such as banjo, blues harp, and mandolin. For a truly remarkable essay on meeting Doc, seeing him play live in later life, and how he interacts with other musicians, read the following article; it is fantastic: ekhornbeck.blogspot.com I have done a slideshow video featuring mostly early images of Doc and other bits and pieces, around the same period as this song. Comments are invited.



22 Responses to “SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD (1964) by Doc Watson Video Footage”

  1. MrHdylan says:

    love jack whites versoin

  2. autinspare says:

    sublime

  3. wilsonmcphert says:

    @manodeoro69

    It's 'the Songs of Doc Watson' by Oak Publications.

  4. JeffBecerra1 says:

    IT'S CALLED "DOC WATSON'S GREATEST HITS". IN RESPONSE TO MANODERO69. I AGREE THAT HE IS THE GREATEST!! I USED TO PLAY THIS SONG IN MY BLUEGRASS BAND. FUN SONG, FUN PICKIN' & GREAT TIMES! ALSO REMEMBER THAT DOC IS BLIND AND THIS IS ALL ONE DUDE PLAYING THIS SONG!! UNFORTUNATELY HIS SON DIED IN A TRAGIC TRACTOR ACCIDENT (I THINK IT WAS A COMBINE BUT NOT SOO SURE). MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT TO THE MIGHTY BUT DOWN TO EARTH DOC WATSON. OH., DOC WAS DISCOVERED BY AN AGENT PLAYING AT HOLIDAY INN.

  5. Priestfilms says:

    sk8ter... glad i ain't the only one this teared up!

  6. tactteam00 says:

    great compilation

  7. jimbo9580 says:

    A HUGELY UNDERRATED TALENT............NOT SEEN ENOUGH OUTSIDE OF THE STATES...........I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF DOC WATSON

  8. wilsonmcphert says:

    @RichinNOLA

    See above for more background info.

  9. RichinNOLA says:

    @wilsonmcphert Missed your commentary, sorry. Just saw the question. Thanks for posting this, one of my favorites.

  10. sightsizemethod says:

    Him and Travis man, superb. That is one great photo with Mississipi john Hurt too. Blind Blake is another one I like.

  11. smashball96 says:

    at 1:30 there is adolf on the left side...;D

  12. wilsonmcphert says:

    @smashball96

    That's Gaither Carlton (February 3, 1901 — June 24, 1972). He was an American Old-time fiddle player and banjo player. He is best known for his appearances accompanying his son-in-law Doc Watson during the folk music revival of the 1960s (from Wikipedia).

  13. SantaCruzOM says:

    There's only one Doc Watson. His playing always brings a smile to my face.

  14. smashball96 says:

    @wilsonmcphert that was a joke... I pretty like this genre but there was this funny man so I laugh all the time and think of adolf

  15. belikewater001 says:

    The more people exposed to Doc's music and personality the better...Thanks for posting.

  16. donluke578 says:

    Leave it to Doc......man, now ain't that the prettiest version of this song you ever done heard...?

  17. 182814delaney says:

    Nice clip, mate!

  18. jakededam says:

    How come there is a picture of Doc with a harmonica rack with no harmonica? I am puzzled.

  19. TheMemphisSlim says:

    Thanks for doing Doc Watson!

  20. FenderNashvilleTele says:

    Is Doc playing the mandolin at 1:53?

  21. masum212 says:

    I like his Peaches.

  22. sirkickbutt1 says:

    @ibmethatswhoib Walter Vinson & Lonnie Chatmon (see the wikipedia article for the song). Robert Cray & Ray Charles have good versions of it, as well as Wolf...

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