Earl Scruggs, banjo player and bluegrass legend, died of natural causes Wednesday morning in a Nashville, Tennessee hospital. He was 88 years old.
Scruggs played banjo with Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt, and his innovative three-fingered picking style brought the banjo into a leading role.
He was reportedly 85 years old when this performance was filmed.
Foggy Mountain Breakdown was a popular song from 1948, and most baby-boomers are familiar with his music in the theme song from “The Beverly Hillbillies” television show that ran from 1962 through 1971.
Funeral plans have not been announced.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
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