28 March: Tribute to Earl Scruggs
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Earl Scruggs (6 January 1924 – 28 March 2012) was an American musician noted for popularizing a three-finger banjo picking style, now called “Scruggs style”, which is a defining characteristic of bluegrass music.
Life and Career
Scruggs was born in North Carolina on 6 January 1924 and began playing the banjo at a young age. He became a member of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in the 1940s, and his innovative style of playing the banjo helped to define the sound of bluegrass music. Scruggs was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992.
He passed away on 28 March 2012. He was buried at Spring Hill Cemetery in a private service.
Award and Legacy
Earl Scruggs was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985, in recognition of his contributions to the genre. In 1992, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented by the Recording Academy to individuals who have made significant contributions to the music industry throughout their careers.
Scruggs’ legacy as a bluegrass musician and banjo player is immense. He is credited with developing the three-finger picking style that became known as the “Scruggs style,” which revolutionized the way the banjo was played and helped to popularize the instrument in bluegrass and country music. Scruggs’ style is characterized by a rolling, syncopated approach to picking that involves playing a series of short, rapid notes with the index, middle, and ring fingers. This technique is now widely taught and has become an integral part of bluegrass and country music.
In addition to his contributions to bluegrass music, Scruggs is also remembered for his work as a television and film performer, recording artist, and live performer. He appeared on numerous television shows, including “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “The Andy Griffith Show,” and recorded more than 50 albums during his career. His music continues to be celebrated and appreciated by fans around the world.
On 11 January 2019, Google Doodle celebrated Earl Scruggs.