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Earl Scruggs performing with Steve Martin on the David Letterman Show
About the artist
Earl Scruggs - Born January 2, 1924
One of the creators of bluegrass music, North Carolina native Earl Scruggs
perfected the three finger roll on the five string banjo and introduced it to the
Grand Ole Opry around Christmas of 1945 upon joining the "Blue Grass Boys."
From 1948 until 1969 Scruggs and his partner Lester Flatt were a major force in
introducing bluegrass music to America through national television and at major
universities and coliseums, in addition to appearances at rural schoolhouses
and in small towns.
Earl composed and recorded one of bluegrass music's most famous
instrumental, "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," used in the soundtrack for the
motion picture production of Bonnie & Clyde. In 1969 he established an
innovative solo career with his three sons as "The Earl Scruggs Revue."
Earl Scruggs is one of the most important musicians in America. No other
instrumentalist has had such a profound impact on bluegrass music nor
influenced so many.