Earl Scrugg’s Funeral

April 2, 2012 by staff 

Earl Scrugg’s Funeral, Thousands crowded into this city’s Ryman Auditorium Sunday to pay tribute to bluegrass musician and Grand Ole Opry star Earl Scruggs. The pioneering banjo player, who teamed for 20 years with guitarist Lester Flatt, died Wednesday at age 88.

The Academy of Country Music planned a tribute Sunday night at its annual awards show in Las Vegas. At the Ryman Auditorium funeral, the four-time, Grammy-winning Scruggs was remembered as an influential, helpful and humble banjo player who put his own trademark on bluegrass music. Flatt and Scruggs were best known for their song “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” from “The Beverly Hillbillies” TV series. For many viewers, the hummable theme song was their first introduction to country music. Flatt died in 1979.

Charlie Daniels, better known for his fiddle and guitar playing, told the mourners that when he was a young studio musician, Scruggs invited him to join the Earl Scruggs Revue.

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