Earl Scruggs was to the five-string banjo what Paganini was to the violin. Within the Foggy Hill Boys and afterwards Flatt & Scruggs (both with Lester Flatt), he developed the audio of bluegrass and helped take it to nationwide reputation through radio displays, recordings, television performances, and concerts. Through the ’40s, the group added “Foggy Hill Breakdown” towards the bluegrass cannon, and through the ’50s and ’60s, they truly became the most noticeable bluegrass work in the united states, performing frequently on tv. The duo’s reputation peaked in 1962, if they documented the theme tune to the tv screen sitcom The Beverly Hillbilles. The theme, known as “The Ballad of Jed Clampett,” became the very first number 1 bluegrass one in early 1963, as well as the duo produced several cameos on the present. By the finish from the ’60s, Scruggs wished to broaden their audio and pressed Flatt to hide Bob Dylan’s “Such as a Rolling Rock” in 1968 in addition to land concert performances in locations that normally booked rock and roll & roll works. Flatt wished to continue in a normal bluegrass vein. Undoubtedly, the opposing causes found a mind in 1969, as well as the duo parted methods. Appropriately, Flatt created a normal bluegrass music group, the Nashville Lawn, while Scruggs put together a more intensifying clothing, the Earl Scruggs Revue, along with his two sons. The Revue appealed even more to a and urban target audience and, with dobro participant Josh Graves, performed rock along with other noncountry music. By the finish from the ’70s, Flatt & Scruggs started ironing out the facts of a suggested reunion album, however they had been scrapped upon Flatt’s loss of life on, may 11, 1979. Scruggs produced many albums after his parting with Flatt, highlighted by 1982’s The Storyteller as well as the Banjo Guy (with Tom T. Hall) and 2001’s Earl Scruggs and Close friends (which presented an all-star solid including Johnny Money, Elton John, Sting, Vince Gill, Albert Lee, Leon Russell, and Steve Martin). Scruggs was frequently seen on Television as well, frequently for reunion looks. In 2012, he passed away in Nashville at age 88.
Full Name Earl Scruggs
Date Of Birth January 6, 1924
Died March 28, 2012, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Spouse Louise Scruggs
Children Randy Scruggs, Gary Scruggs, Steve Scruggs
Awards Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance, Grammy Hall of Fame, Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, Academy of Country Music Awards Cliffie Stone Icon Award
Music Groups Foggy Mountain Boys, Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys
Music Songs Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Cripple Creek, Jimmy Brown the Newsboy, Pearl Pearl Pearl, Nashville Skyline Rag, Flinthill Special, American-Made, World-Played, Lonesome Road Blues, Sally Goodwin, Earl's Breakdown, What Would You Give in Exchange for Your Soul?, Salty Dog, Worried Man Blues, Who Will Sing for Me?, Crying My Heart Out Over You, Same Old Train, Feast Here Tonight, Fireball Mail, Pick Along, Passin' Thru, Train Number Forty-Five, Blue Ridge Mountain Blues, Bleeker Street Rag, Reuben, Randy Lynn Rag, Carolina Traveler, Foggy Mountain Special, Home Sweet Home, Georgia Buck, Shuckin' the Corn, Shackles and Chains, Dueling Banjos
Albums The Earl Scruggs Revue, Earl Scruggs and Friends, Strictly Instrumental, Nashville Airplane, The Three Pickers, Nashville's Rock, I Saw The Light With Some Help From My Friends, Songs of Glory, Classic Bluegrass Live: 1959-1966, Bold And New, When the Saints Go Marching In, The Storyteller and the Banjo Man, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs 1959-1963 Vol.4, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs 1959-1963 Vol.2, The Ultimate Collection / Live At The Ryman, White Cross Collection, Country in the Year 1962, Country Music (Original Soundtrack Plus Bonus Tracks 1958), Most Wanted Ballroom Classics, Vol. 6, Family Portrait, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs 1959-1963 Vol.3, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys (Original Album Plus Bonus Tracks 1960), Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs 1959-1963 Vol.5, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs 1959-1963 Vol.1, The Essential Earl Scruggs, Songs of Glory (Original Album Plus Bonus Tracks 1960), The Best of Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs (All Tracks Remastered), Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs (Remastered 2014), Bluegrass Big Three Vol. 2, Foggy Mountain Jamboree (Original Soundtrack Plus Bonus Tracks 1957), Allen Fontenot & The Country Cajuns, Country Music (Remastered 2014), Best of Country Music Vol. 34, Dance, Cowboy, Dance, Remastered Hits, Vol. 2 (All Tracks Remastered), Earl Scruggs: May I Speak!, The Ballad of Jed Clampett: The Best of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, Remastered Hits, The Complete Early Recordings Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs (Doxy Collection), The Ultimate Collection (1924-2012), Columbia Records Country Music Foundation Heritage Edition, Foggy Mountain Breakdown (Country Greats - 7 Original Albums 1957-1962 - 95 Tracks), The Essential Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs - The Extended Play Collection, Volume 76
Nominations Academy of Country Music Award for Vocal Event of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Vocal Event of the Year
Movies The Three Pickers, Return of the Beverly Hillbillies, The Nashville Sound, All Star Bluegrass Celebration, Bluegrass: Country Soul, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Farther Along, Merlefest Live: 15th Anniversary Jam, Preachin', Prayin', Singin' With Charlie Daniels and Friends: Live From Nashville
TV Shows American Music Shop, Flatt & Scruggs TV Show
Inaugural inductee into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame (1991).
Received an honorary degree from Berklee College of Music on March 15, 2005.
Following his death, he was interred at Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.
Earl invented what was to become known as "Scruggs tuners" allowing a quick dropping of the two middle strings from standard to "D" tuning. Originally, they were an extra pair of tuning pegs with cams pushing against the strings with adjustable set screws. This required drilling two extra holes in the peg head. Working with fellow banjo player Bill Kieth they were refined to geared units that simply replaced the two middle tuning pegs. Earl sometimes raised and lowered the strings as he picked them most notably in "Flint Hill Special" and "Earl's Breakdown".
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 13, 2003.
Is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's most imitated musician. "Scruggs Style" is synonymous with picking a banjo with three fingers, and countless musicians worldwide list him as their primary influence.
He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, D.C (1992).
Had two sons with Louise Scruggs: Gary Scruggs and Randy Scruggs. They also had a third son, Steve, who killed his wife, Elizabeth, with a pistol, then himself on September 23, 1992. He was their youngest child.
His wife, Louise Scruggs, who guided her husband's career for more than a half century, was the first female to become an artist booking agent in Nashville.
As a member of Flatt & Scruggs, inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (1985).