Joseph R. Murphy Audiovisual Recordings


The Joseph R. Murphy Audiovisual Recordings and Papers primarily consist of the recordings (unedited U-matic tapes, as well as other audiovisual formats) and project files for the 1986 "Doc and Merle" documentary film project on Doc Watson and his son, Merle Watson. Recordings on other subjects, such as the Mount Paran Baptist Church in Deep Gap, North Carolina and the 1992 Campaign for Appalachian, are also included. User copies for the majority of the recordings are available. Joseph R. Murphy was a professor of education at Appalachian State University, where he taught video and film production and media literacy. Between 1980 and 1985, Murphy directed a documentary film project with Kevin Balling titled "Doc and Merle," about Arthel "Doc" Watson and his son, Merle Watson, musicians from Deep Gap, North Carolina. The documentary is a mixture of music, informal interviews, old photographs, and rare film footage. Musicians Jack Williams, Clint Howard, and Fred Price also perform. The film was dedicated to the memory of Merle Watson who died in a tractor accident on October 23, 1985 while the documentary was being filmed.

"Doc and Merle" is the complete Doc Watson documentary. Joe Murphy, Kevin Balling, April 23, 1986, Boone, North Carolina.

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Film depicts various scenes from the concert and festival setting, including scenes of the audience and interviews with attendees.

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Jack Williams and Doc at Jack's House. 1. Tutti Frutti 2. Sheik of Arabie 3. Step it up and go 4. Golden Bells 5. I Saw the Light 6. Amazing Grace 7. Memories. June 12, 1984

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Jack Williams and Doc at Jack's. 1. Hymn 2. I Saw the Light 3. Amazing Grace 4. Yesterday/ Memories

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Jack Williams and Doc Watson at Jack's. 1. Basin Street Blues 2. Birth of the Blues 3. instrumental (?) 4. Step it up and go 5. Hymn(?) Ring Them Golden Bells 6. I Saw the Light 7. Amazing Grace 8. Memories. June 12, 1984

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Jack Williams and Doc at Jack's house performing portions of "Simple Melody" and "Begin the Beguine."

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Jack Williams and Doc at Jack's. 1. Under the Eagle 2. Bill Bailer 3. Down the Road 4. Shake, Rattle, and Roll 5. Your Cheatin' Heart 6. simple melody, June 12, 1984

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Jack Williams and Doc at Jack's house. Songs include: Sweet Georgia Brown 4. Under the Eagle 5. Bill Bailey 6. Goin Down the Road 7. Shake, Rattle, and Roll 8. Your Cheatin' Heart 9. simple melody 10. Begin the Beguine 11. Blue Suede Shoes, June 12, 1984

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Clint Howard, Fred Price, and Doc Watson at Doc's house. 1. Lost Indian 2. Bill Cheetham 3. East Bound Train 4. Daniel Prayed

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Clint, Fred, and Doc at Doc's. 1. Fire on the Mountain 2. Bill Cheetham 3. Eastbound Train 4. Daniel Prayed

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Clint, Fred, and Doc at Doc's. 1. Circle 2. Fiddle Tune 3. 4. Lost Indian 5. Bill Cheetham 6. East Bound Train 7. Daniel Prayed. July 19, 1984

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Clint Howard, Fred Price, and Doc Watson at Doc's. 1. Roll on Buddy 2. Circle 3. Walkin' in My Sleep 4. Fog Horn Mailer

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