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Eric Watson - Guitarist

A pupil of a pupil of the great George Benson, and native of Pittsburgh Pa., Eric’s brother, Kennard, taught him guitar basics at the age of 10. “George Benson was Ken’s first teacher….. they were childhood friends, along with another guitar great from Pittsburgh; Jimmy Ponder. “Even though I was more interested in sports as a kid, I’ve always around music, and musicians, thanks to Ken”. I can remember at one point, Phyliss Hyman was the lead singer in his band”. At the age of 12, Eric moved to Detroit where he continued to excelled in sports: track, baseball, football, and basketball, which became his main sport. Eric was a two-time first team All-City performer and All-American in basketball at Cass Tech High in Detroit, where he was also rated the top point guard in the state of Michigan, a position held by Magic Johnson the previous year. However, too much basketball and not enough studying in his senior year forced Eric to turn down scholarship offers from many of the largest universities in the country. From Cass Tech he went to Schoolcraft College in Livonia Michigan, where he redeemed himself academically, won the state championship and earned a scholarship to Weber State College in Ogden Utah. There he played for the 14th rated team in the nation. Feeling that he had a chance, personnel wise, to win a national championship, Eric transferred back to Eastern Michigan University where he became team captain for the first EMU team to ever beat the University of Michigan

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