Grammy award-winning songwriter/banjo-playing musician Earl
Scruggs was the father of musicians Randy Scruggs and Gary
Scruggs. Earl's wife, Louise Scruggs, oversaw her husband's
career and became the first female booking agent in Nashville. Earl was
noted as the banjo player for the Blue Grass Boys and, later, the Foggy
Mountain Boys and Flatt & Scruggs. Earl was famous for his signature three
finger picking banjo style, made infamous on the theme song for TVs The
Beverly Hillbillies, officially titled "The Ballad of Jed Clampett." Along
with his bandmate Lester Flatt, Earl won a Grammy for 1969's "Foggy Mountain
Breakdown." The two were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985.
Earl appeared as a wedding musician in the 2002 film Changing Hearts.
His son Randy is a Grammy award-winning music producer, songwriter, and guitarist.
Earl and Randy collaborated in 1994 on a track called "Keep on the Sunny Side,"
for the album Red Hot + Country, a compilation benefitting AIDS
research and awareness. Gary is an electric bass player and music
producer. After the breakup of Flatt & Scruggs, Earl formed the Earl
Scruggs Revue with his two sons.
Earl Scruggs (center) formed "The Earl Scruggs Revue" with sons Randy and Gary. Earl's signature banjo style can be heard on the theme to "The Beverly Hillbillies."
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