Bluegrass Legend Earl Scruggs Has Died

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  1. chickenman

    chickenman Premium Farmer

    Bluegrass Legend Earl Scruggs Has Died



    by Patrick Jarenwattananon
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    Earl Scruggs performs in Nashville, Tenn. in 2002.
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    Earl Scruggs performs in Nashville, Tenn. in 2002.
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    The NPR 100

    The Story Of 'Foggy Mountain Breakdown'
    The banjo player Earl Scruggs died Wednesday morning. A member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys and later a leader of Flatt & Scruggs with guitarist Lester Flatt, Scruggs helped define the sound of bluegrass. He died of natural causes in a Nashville hospital, according to his son. He was 88 years old.
    Scruggs was famed for his three-finger picking technique, which revolutionized banjo playing and even took on his name: Scruggs style. Scruggs' 1949 instrumental "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" won a Grammy award twice — once in 1968 after it appeared in the film Bonnie and Clyde, and again in 2001 for a recording that featured many celebrity guests. His picking was also featured on "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," the theme song for The Beverly Hillbillies TV show.
  2. chickenman

    chickenman Premium Farmer

    Thanks Earl
  3. outwest

    outwest Premium Gardener

    Bummer. Thanks for the heads up. RIP Earl.

    outwest
  4. chickenman

    chickenman Premium Farmer