Earl Eugene Scruggs Born: 1924/01/06
Birth Place: Shelby, North Carolina, USA
Years Active: 1945 - Present
Earl Scruggs (born Earl Eugene Scruggs, January 6, 1924 – March 28, 2012) was an American musician noted for perfecting and popularizing a three-finger banjo-picking style, now called Scruggs style, which became a defining characteristic of bluegrass music. Although other musicians had played in three-finger style before him, Scruggs shot to prominence when he was hired by Bill Monroe to fill the banjo slot in his group, the Blue Grass Boys. Scruggs was born in Shelby, North Carolina and grew up in Cleveland County, North Carolina. Scruggs joined Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in late 1945, and quickly popularized his syncopated, three-finger picking style. In 1948 Scruggs and guitarist Les...
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