Earl Scruggs Wiki, Earl Scruggs Bio
Earl Scruggs Wiki: Earl Eugene Scruggs January 6, 1924 – March 28, 2012, was a musician noted for popularizing a three-finger banjo picking style, now called “Earl Scruggs style,” which is a defining characteristic of bluegrass music. His three-finger style of playing was radically different from the usual ways in which the five-string banjo had traditionally been played. He popularized the instrument in several genres of music and elevated the banjo from its role as a background rhythm instrument, or a comedian’s prop, into featured solo status.
Earl Scruggs Bio
Earl Scruggs‘ career began at age 21 when he was hired to play in Bill Monroe’s band, The Blue Grass Boys. The name “bluegrass” eventually became the eponym for the entire genre of country music now known by that title. Despite considerable success with Monroe, performing on the Grand Ole Opry and recording classic hits like “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” Earl Scruggs resigned from the group in 1946 due to their exhausting touring schedule. Fellow band member Lester Flatt resigned as well, and he and Earl Scruggs later paired up in a new group they called Flatt and Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys. Earl Scruggs‘ banjo instrumental called “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” released in 1949, became an enduring hit, and had a rebirth of popularity to a younger generation when it was featured in the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. The song won two Grammy Awards and, in 2005, was selected for the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry of works of unusual merit.
Flatt and Earl Scruggs brought bluegrass music into mainstream popularity in the early 1960s with their country hit, “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” — the theme music for the television sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies — the first Earl Scruggs recording to reach number one on the Billboard charts. Over their 20-year association, Flatt and Earl Scruggs recorded over 50 albums and 75 singles. The duo broke up in 1969, chiefly because, where Earl Scruggs wanted to switch styles to fit a more modern sound, Flatt was a traditionalist who opposed the change, and believed doing so would alienate a fan base of bluegrass purists. Although each of them formed a new band to match their visions, neither of them ever regained the success they had achieved as a team.
Earl Scruggs received four Grammy awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a National Medal of Arts. He became a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1985, Flatt and Earl Scruggs were inducted together into the Country Music Hall of Fame and named, as a duo, number 24 on CMT’s 40 Greatest Men of Country Music. Earl Scruggs was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest honor in the folk and traditional arts in the United States. Four works by Earl Scruggs have been placed in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Earl Scruggs Death and Cause
Earl Scruggs‘ death in 2012 at age 88, the Scruggs Center was founded near his birthplace in Shelby, North Carolina, with the aid of a federal grant and corporate donors. The center is a $5.5 million facility that features the musical contributions of Earl Scruggs and serves as an educational center providing classes and field trips for students.
Earl Scruggs Google Doodle
Google dedicated an animated Doodle to Scruggs on Friday, highlighting his finger-picking method, which helped elevate the status of the banjo from a background instrument to one that now commands the spotlight.
Scruggs was born in North Carolina on Jan. 6, 1924, to a family that played music when not farming. After his father died when Scruggs was four, the young boy seemed to find solace by practicing the banjo when he wasn’t in school or doing his farm chores. His first radio performance was at the age of 11.