Earl Scruggs

Bluegrass, Musical Artist

1924 – 2012

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Who was Earl Scruggs?

Earl Eugene Scruggs was an American musician noted for perfecting and popularizing a three-finger banjo-picking style that is a defining characteristic of bluegrass music.

Although other musicians had played in three-finger style before him, Scruggs shot to prominence when he was hired by Bill Monroe to fill the banjo slot in his group, The Blue Grass Boys. He later reached a mainstream audience through his performance of "The Ballad of Jed Clampett", the theme for the network television hit The Beverly Hillbillies, in the early 1960s.

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Born
Jan 6, 1924
Scottville
Also known as
  • Earl Eugene Scruggs
  • Scruggs, Earl
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Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • North Carolina
Died
Mar 28, 2012
Nashville

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