(March 2, 1934 – February 5, 1962)
Influential Jazz bassist, while he lived only to the age of 27, Doug Watkins appeared on well over 350 LP's and released only two albums as leader.
Watkins died in an automobile accident on February 5, 1962, while traveling from Arizona to San Francisco to meet drummer Philly Joe Jones for a gig. He fell asleep at the wheel and was hit head-on by an oncoming truck. The other occupants of the car, pianist Sir Roland Hanna and trumpeter Bill Hardman, survived the crash.