Earl Scruggs, Bluegrass Legend, Passes Away at 88

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Earl Scruggs, a prolific bluegrass artist who popularized the three-finger method of banjo-picking that came to be known as "Scruggs style," has died.

"Earl Scruggs, the most important banjo player who ever lived, has passed on," Steve Martin tweeted after news broke that he'd passed. He was 88.

The North Carolina native, who died of natural causes yesterday, released at least 29 live and studio albums over the years. And he also wrote this:

Scruggs wrote the music and sang "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," aka The Beverly Hillbillies theme song, with Lester Flatt and singer Jerry Scoggins.

He won his first Grammy in 1969 for the instrumental "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" and followed up with his second in 2002 for a re-recording of it.

That version featured Martin on banjo, with Paul Shaffer, Leon Russell, Vince Gill, Albert Lee and Marty Stuart, on 2001's Earl Scruggs and Friends.

He received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2008.

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The information regarding the Beverly Hillbillies theme song is incorrect. Scoggins sang on the recording used on the show. Flatt sang on the recorded single. Paul Henning wrote the song.
But Scruggs DID play a mean banjo on both!

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88, GOOD LIFE. FOND MEMORIES, OF THE MUSIC, TV APPEARANCES.