2012-03-29 03:25:02 UTC
Bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs dies at age 88
Last Modified: Mar 28, 2012 07:26PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Bluegrass legend and banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs, who
teamed helped profoundly change country music with Bill Monroe and later with
guitarist Lester Flatt, has died. He was 88.
Scruggs' son Gary said his father passed away Wednesday morning at a Nashville,
Tenn., hospital. Gary Scruggs said his father died of natural causes.
The elder Scruggs was an innovator who pioneered modern banjo sound. His use of
three fingers rather than the clawhammer style elevated the banjo from a part of
the rhythm section - or a comedian's prop - to a lead instrument.
His string-bending and lead runs became known worldwide as "the Scruggs picking
style." It was perhaps most prominently displayed on the iconic theme from "The
Gary Scruggs says funeral plans are incomplete.
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