Earl Scruggs, the legendary banjo player, has passed away. He was 88 and died of natural causes in a Nashville hospital.
Scruggs is credited for popularizing the three-finger banjo-picking style. The Shelby, N.C. native got his start in Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys in 1945. After leaving Monroe’s band, he partnered with Lester Flatt to form the legendary Foggy Mountain Boys in 1948. By 1955, they were members of the Grand Ole Opry and went on to have hits with “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” and “The Ballad of Jed Clampett”. His partnership with Flatt lasted until 1969.