In Memoriam: Earl Scruggs

Earl Scruggs, the father of bluegrass-style 5-string banjo, passed away a few hours ago.

Mr. Scruggs single-handedly defined the rolling style of banjo playing usually heard in bluegrass music, and was most well-known among general audiences for his recordings of “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” and “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” both essential repertoire for all bluegrass musicians.

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