Bluegrass icon, Earl Scruggs
Banjoist
Flatt & Scruggs
birth name: Earl Eugene Scruggs

Earl Scruggs

January 6, 1924, Flint Hill, NC ~ March 28, 2012, Nashville, TN

By the end of the '60s, Scruggs wanted to expand their sound and pushed Flatt to cover Bob Dylan's Like A Rolling Stone in 1968 as well as land concert appearances in venues that normally booked rock & roll acts. Flatt wanted to continue in a traditional bluegrass vein. Inevitably, the opposing forces came to a head in 1969, and the duo parted ways. Appropriately, Flatt formed a traditional bluegrass band, the Nashville Grass, while Scruggs assembled a more progressive outfit, the Earl Scruggs Revue, with his two sons. ~ Allmusic: Earl Scruggs ~ retrieved January 6, 2014 © Allmusic

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January 6, 1973 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (1) Billy Paul, Me And Mrs Jones ~ #2 (2) Gilbert O'Sullivan, Clair ~ #1 (4) Carly Simon, You're So Vain

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Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs ~ Inducted in the 1991 International Bluegrass Music Hall Of Fame ~ Earl Scruggs, once compared to violinist Niccolo Paganini, not only pioneered the three-finger banjo but played it to standards of taste and technique unmatched by thousands of disciples over seven decades. He was an important figure in the birth of the bluegrass genre, and also brought his artistry to the fields of country, folk, and rock, to college campuses, and to television and the movies. ~ 1991 © International Bluegrass Music Hall Of Fame

As a Session musician, guest or band member

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ~ Will The Circle Be Unbroken (1972) ~ Named one of the Vivascene Top 10 Country Albums Every Music Fan Should Own in 2014 ~ The authenticity of the performances is undeniable, the scope of the project vast, and the recordings a national treasure. ~ 2014 © Vivascene

Flatt & Scruggs

Probably the most famous bluegrass band of all time was Flatt & Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys. They made the genre famous in ways that not even Bill Monroe, who pretty much invented the sound, ever could. Because of a guitar player and vocalist from Tennessee named Lester Flatt and an extraordinary banjo player from North Carolina named Earl Scruggs, bluegrass music has become popular the world over and has entered the mainstream in the world of music. Like so many other bluegrass legends, Flatt & Scruggs were graduates of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys. Because of the unique sound they added (“overdrive,” one critic called it), Monroe felt let down after Flatt's quality vocals and Scruggs's banjo leads left in 1948. ~ Allmusic: Flatt & Scruggs ~ retrieved January 6, 2014 © Allmusic

Flatt & Scruggs ~ Inducted in the 2007 Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame.



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