Banjo Innovator Earl Scruggs Dies at 88

Banjo Innovator Earl Scruggs Dies at 88
Pioneering bluegrass banjo player Earl Scruggs died yesterday (March 28) of natural causes in a Nashville-area hospital. He was 88.

The legendary plucker helped to lay down the blueprint for country music with his signature three-finger picking style, which has inspired countless others and is even known as Scruggs style.

Scruggs began his career in the '40s, and over the next few decades played in acts like Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, Foggy Mountain Boys (who inspired the band the Soggy Bottom Boys in the 2000 film O Brother Where Art Thou?), Flatt and Scruggs, and the Earl Scruggs Revue.

Over the years, Scruggs received numerous honours and awards, such as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grammy awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award) and a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Scruggs is survived by his two sons Gary and Randy. He is predeceased by his wife Louise, who passed away in 2006.