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RIP Earl Scruggs, dead at 88 (VIDEOS)

By April MacIntyre Mar 29, 2012, 7:18 GMT

RIP Earl Scruggs, dead at 88 (VIDEOS)

American Bluegrass legend and Grammy winner (1969) Earl Scruggs - who wrote the classic TV series The Beverly Hillbillies theme music - has died.

American Bluegrass legend and Grammy winner (1969) Earl Scruggs - who wrote the classic TV series The Beverly Hillbillies theme music - has died.

He was 88 years-old.

The North Carolina Scruggs was a pickin' genius, mastering the three-finger method dubbed the "Scruggs style," who played and toured with his band from his teens until recent years.

He received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2008.

Scruggs wrote and recorded "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" with Lester Flatt and singer Jerry Scoggins.

Scruggs remade his classic hit "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" in 2002 featuring Steve Martin on second banjo, Paul Shaffer, Leon Russell, Vince Gill, Albert Lee and Marty Stuart—for 2001's Earl Scruggs and Friends.

Have a listen:

 



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