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Earl Scruggs
Birth: Jan. 6, 1924
Shelby
Cleveland County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Mar. 28, 2012
Nashville
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA

Country and Bluegrass Musician. He is probably best known for his three-finger banjo picking style of bluegrass music. He was born and raised in the Flint Hill community near Shelby, North Carolina, and grew up in a musical family. His father, a farmer and bookkeeper, played the banjo and died when he was 4 years old. As a young boy, he perfected his banjo-playing style began performing at dances and on local radio shows that featured bands, including Lost John Miller and His Allied Kentuckians. In 1945 when the Miller band broke up, he quit high school to join Bill Monroe's bluegrass musical group, the Blue Grass Boys (which included guitarist Lester Flatt), and quickly popularized his syncopated banjo-playing style. In 1948 he and Flatt decided to leave Bill Monroe's band and formed their own group, the Foggy Mountain Boys (later known simply as Flatt and Scruggs), and soon joined the Grand Ole Opry. In 1959 he appeared in Rhode Island at the Newport Folk Festival and introduced his style to the folk music revival during that time, which led him to perform on the college folk festival circuit. On September 24, 1962, Flatt and Scruggs, along with singer Jerry Scoggins, recorded "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" for the television show "The Beverly Hillbillies" which was released the following month. The theme song became an immediate country hit and was played at the beginning and end of each television episode. When he wanted to branch out and embrace the newer music that was beginning to materialize, Flatt objected and in 1969 they separated and he started a new band, the Earl Scruggs Revue, a mostly acoustical group with drums and electric bass, which also featured his sons Randy, Steve, and Gary. During his musical career, he recorded over 20 albums. He and Flatt won a Grammy Award in 1969 for his instrumental "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" and he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985. On October 15, 1969, he played "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" at the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam in Washington, DC, becoming one of the few bluegrass or country and western artists to support the anti-war movement. In 1989 he was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship and was an inaugural inductee into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1991. In 1992 he was a recipient of a National Medal of Arts. In 2002 he won a second Grammy Award for the 2001 recording of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" from his album "Earl Scruggs and Friends" which featured artists Steve Martin on 2nd banjo solo, Vince Gill and Albert Lee on electric guitar solos, Paul Schaffer on piano, Leon Russell on organ, and Marty Stuart on mandolin. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 13, 2003, and in February 2008, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. He died of natural causes. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
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 Parents:
  George Elam Scruggs (1876 - 1928)
  Lula Georgia Ruppe Scruggs (1892 - 1955)
 
 Spouse:
  Ann Louise Certain Scruggs (1927 - 2006)
 
 Siblings:
  Bessie Scruggs (1907 - 1908)*
  Junie Emmett Scruggs (1911 - 1995)*
  Eula Mae Scruggs Jolley (1912 - 1994)*
  Ruby Genette Scruggs Vinesett (1919 - 1990)*
  James Horace Scruggs (1922 - 2007)*
  Earl Scruggs (1924 - 2012)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Spring Hill Cemetery
Nashville
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA
Plot: Hill Crest Garden
GPS (lat/lon): 36.24133, -86.72232
 
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Originally Created by: Jason W. Crews
Record added: Mar 28, 2012
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