Sunday, April 1, 2012

Earl Scruggs - Legend dies!

Earl Scruggs, the American banjo legend who brought bluegrass to a mass audience and strummed along to a hit TV show and movie in the 1960s, has died at 88, according to his son.

As part of the famed Flatt & Scruggs duo, he helped define bluegrass music - a country genre combining "high, lonesome" vocal harmonies and the playful, jazz-like cascade of guitars, banjos, mandolins and fiddles.

His son Gary said he died in Nashville from natural causes on Wednesday.


North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard said...

Wowsers ! Didn't know this. Thanks for sharing John.

JohnD said...

Apparently he had been ill for a while but the family kept it quiet! Always loved he and Steve Martin's "Foggy Mountain Breakdown". Did you know that it was the background music for the movie "Bonnie and Clyde"?

Jim said...

I heard about this last week. What a legacy he leaves behind! I'd LOVE to hear he and Steve Martin together! Will look this up. Thanks John.

JohnD said...

Who could say that they did not appreciate the banjo after listening to this maestro and his fellow players doing the "Duelling Banjos", "Foggy Mountain Breakdown", "The Ballad of Jed Clampett"?