Earl Scruggs Dies

Earl Scruggs Dies
GRAMMY-winning bluegrass musician and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Earl Scruggs died March 28 in Nashville. He was 88. A member of the famous bluegrass band the Bluegrass Boys for more than 20 years of his career, Scruggs was known for his pioneering modern banjo sound, elevating the banjo from a part of the rhythm section to a lead instrument. Scruggs won his first GRAMMY Award in 1968 with guitarist Lester Flatt for Best Country Performance, Duo Or Group — Vocal Or Instrumental for "Foggy Mountain Breakdown." A new recording of the song earned him a third GRAMMY in 2001 for Best Country Instrumental Performance. Scruggs' final GRAMMY of his career came in 2004 for Best Country Instrumental Performance for "Earl's Breakdown" from his final album, 2003's Three Pickers. In 2008 he was honored with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. (3/28)   

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