Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs dies at 88

Earl Scruggs, North Carolina-born bluegrass legend, died this morning in a Nashville hospital. He was 88.

Scruggs transformed banjo music with his three-finger picking style when he was hired to join Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in 1945. He went on to a long and successful career, including two Grammy awards and induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

You've heard Scruggs' work whether you're a bluegrass fan or not — he, Jerry Scoggins and Lester Flatt recorded "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" for The Beverly Hillbillies in 1962.

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