Midweek Music – Vale Earl Scruggs

Posted on Thu 03/29/2012 by


Sadly, today marks the passing of another music great, this time the legendary Earl Scruggs. This song of his was one of the all time classics of American Music, ‘Foggy Mountain Breakdown’.

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More and more of those stars who gave us the music we live our lives with are passing, and today we note the passing of Earl Scruggs, legendary bluegrass banjo player.

Also famous for writing ‘The Ballad Of Jed Clampett’ for The Beverly Hillbillies TV Series, Earl formed a long term team with musical partner, guitarist Lester Flatt.

The song featured today is the original version of his well remembered Instrumental, ‘Foggy Mountain Breakdown’.

Originally written and first recorded in 1949, the song became a hit all over again, this time also on the mainstream Charts in 1968/9 after the song was used during the car chase scenes in the film ‘Bonnie And Clyde’.

After that movie, the song was re-recorded and released in a slightly different style, although still easily recognised.

He and Lester won a Grammy Award for this song in 1969, 20 years after it was first recorded.

It is considered one of the difficult songs to play in this finger picking style, and is quite a challenging song to play, especially at the same speed that Earl played it at.

It is said the no one played like Earl before Earl, and everyone played like Earl after Earl, or at least tried to anyway.

Sadly Earl peacefully passed away earlier today aged 88.

What we have left will ensure he is always remembered.

Vale Earl Scruggs.

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