Bluegrass Legend Dies
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 Beverly Hillbillies."
Gary Scruggs says funeral plans are incomplete.
- A Legend Dies
- Legend of the Skunk Ape
- Family Reacts To Legend's Passing
- Third victim dies in Chardon High School Shooting
- Ex-Monkees Band Member Davy Jones has Died
- Norman Sas, Electric Football Inventor, Dies at 87
- Music Icon Dies
- Breitbart Dies
- Mike Wallace Dies at 93
- Former "Family Feud" Host Dies