6 January 1924, Cleveland County, North Carolina, USA. Scruggs was raised in the Appalachian Mountains, and learned to play banjo from the age of five. In 1944, he joined Bill Monroes Bluegrass Boys, where he perfected his three-finger banjo technique. He later left with fellow member Lester Flatt, to form the Foggy Mountain Boys in 1948. They enjoyed a long career spanning 20 years, and were reportedly only outsold during the 60s, on CBS Records, by Johnny Cash. The duo became synonymous with their recordings of Foggy Mountain Breakdown, which was used in the filmBonnie And Clyde and The Ballad Of Jed Clampett, which was the theme tune for the television seriesThe Beverly Hillbillies.
In 1969, after Flatt and Scruggs parted company, the Earl Scruggs Revue was formed featuring Earl (banjo, vocals), and his sons, Randy (b. 3 August 1953, Nashville, Tennessee, USA; lead guitar, slide guitar, bass, vocals), Gary (b....
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