Earl Scruggs

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Earl Scruggs
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Scruggs in 2005
Background information
Birth name Earl Eugene Scruggs
Born (1924-01-06)January 6, 1924
Flint Hill, North Carolina, U.S.[1]
Origin Shelby, North Carolina, U.S.
Died March 28, 2012(2012-03-28) (aged 88)[2]
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Bluegrass, country, gospel
Occupations Bluegrass artist
Instruments 5-string banjo, guitar
Years active 1945–2012
Labels MCA Nashville Records
Associated acts Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, Flatt and Scruggs, Earl Scruggs Revue
Website earlscruggs.com
Notable instruments
A 1934 Gibson Granada previously owned by Don Reno and Snuffy Jenkins, and "Nellie", a 1935 Gibson RB-3 flathead[3][4]

Earl Eugene Scruggs (January 6, 1924 – March 28, 2012) was an American musician. He was known for playing a banjo in bluegrass. Playing the banjo in bluegrass is now known as "Scruggs Style". He is known for his songs such as Dueling Banjos, Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Earl's Breakdown, The Swimming Song, and in Fireball Mail. He won four Grammy Awards.

Scruggs was born on January 6, 1924 in Flint Hill, North Carolina.[5] He was raised in Shelby, North Carolina. Scruggs was married to Louise Certain from 1948 until her death in 2006.[6] They had two sons. Scruggs died on March 28, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee from natural causes, aged 88.[7][8]

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  1. Earl Scruggs dies at 88
  2. Associated Press. "Son: Bluegrass legend, banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs dies in Nashville at age 88; changed music". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 28, 2012. [dead link]
  3. "Gibson Banjos 1925 and Later, # 9584-3". Pre-War Gibson Banjo Serial Number Listing. Banjophiles.org. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  4. Cushman, Charlie (2009-03-13). "Scruggs/Reno 1935 RB-3". Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  5. "Earl Scruggs Biography". Earlscruggs.com. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  6. "Music Industry Pioneer Louise Scruggs Dies". CMT.com. 2006-02-02. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  7. "Bluegrass, banjo legend Earl Scruggs dies at 88". The Birmingham News. Associated Press. March 28, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  8. Wilson, David (March 28, 2012). "Earl Scruggs, Banjoist Who Invented 'Scruggs Style,' Dies at 88". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 

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