Earl Scruggs died at the ripe old age of 88 on March 28th. Earl mastered a style of banjo playing that now bears his name, the Scruggs style, and played with Lester Flatt for more than twenty years and are legends of the bluegrass music industry.
You might not think you know of him but he wrote and played The Ballad of Jed Clampett – and if you haven’t heard of the Beverley Hillbillies you’ve clearly never seen a re-run. He also appeared in a number of episodes.
Earl Scruggs was one of the mainstays in music across seven decades – he will be missed by bluegrass fans across the world.