Posted in music on March 29, 2012

Earl Scruggs

Earl Scruggs, the bluegrass banjo player whose hard-driving picking style influenced generations of players and helped shape the sound of 20th-century country music with his guitar-playing partner, Lester Flatt, died on Wednesday in a Nashville hospital. He was 88.

His son Gary confirmed the death.

Mr. Scruggs and Mr. Flatt probably reached their widest audiences with a pair of signature songs: "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," which they recorded in 1949 with their group the Foggy Mountain Boys, and which was used as the getaway music in the 1967 film "Bonnie and Clyde"; and "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," the theme song of the 1960s television sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies." (Mr. Scruggs and Mr. Flatt also appeared on the show at times.) -[NY Times]

Earl Scruggs was a bluegrass legend. Rest in Peace. .

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Comments (14)

Porter Wagoner, on Earl Scruggs: “Earl was to the five-string banjo what Babe Ruth was to baseball.”

Posted by Joshua Sanders | March 29, 2012 9:36 AM

For me, the sound of a banjo is when I reach for my revolver, but in this one case - respect. Guy was a giant. RIP.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 9:37 AM

Babe Ruth on Earl Scruggs:"Ear was to the 5 string what Yankee Stadium was to hot dogs."

Posted by Rest in Piece(!) | March 29, 2012 9:39 AM

Simply one of the greatest musicians ever. I got to see him at Newport last year, and I am grateful for that.

Posted by Kurt C. | March 29, 2012 9:45 AM

Any post involving a banjo, a mandolin, a violin, or a dulcimer will bring out the hipsters like a cooperative farmers market with a sale on locally sourced organic kale.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 9:57 AM

He was king.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 11:35 AM

"Nice...Vegan didn't even know who Earl Scruggs was until this morning and now he's acting like Earl was an regular presence on this blog...anything for an extra eyeball!!!"

Please tell me you wrote this on your new iPad while wearing overalls and drinking sweet tea out of an old pickle jar. Cause that would just about complete this picture for me.

Posted by Brian Farrelly | March 29, 2012 1:21 PM

He can still dance.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 1:30 PM

1:21 for the win.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 1:33 PM

1:21 is on point.

Posted by Really | March 29, 2012 1:57 PM

dat blows

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 2:50 PM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 4:09 PM

He can still dance.

Posted by Myegy | April 3, 2012 11:40 AM

88 lived a good life.

Posted by jordon | August 4, 2013 2:05 PM

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