Earl Scruggs ist gestorben
29.03.2012 Der am 6. Januar 1924 in North Carolina als Earl Eugene Scruggs geborene US-amerikanische Musiker ist gestern in Nashville gestorben. Scruggs (Bild) galt als der "Paganini des Banjos", und er spielte eine ganz entscheidende Rolle bei der Entwicklung des Bluegrass'.
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"A quietly affable presence, Scruggs popularized a complex, three-fingered style of playing banjo that transformed the instrument, inspired nearly every banjo player who followed him and became a central element in what is now known as bluegrass music.
But Scruggs' legacy is in no way limited to or defined by bluegrass, a genre that he and partner Lester Flatt dominated as Flatt and Scruggs in the 1950s and '60s: His adaptability and open-minded approach to musicality and to collaboration made him a bridge between genres and generations."
"Earl Scruggs, the bluegrass banjo player whose hard-driving picking style influenced a generation of players and helped shape the sound of 20th-century country music, died on Wednesday in Nashville."
"Scruggs's best known tune, recorded with Flatt, was Foggy Mountain Breakdown, which was recorded in 1949 and used as the getaway music in the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde.
Scruggs performed the song in 1969 at a rally against the Vietnam war, making him one of the few major country stars to support the anti-war cause. His involvement with the counterculture - he recorded Bob Dylan songs and appeared on bills with the likes of Steppenwolf - was one of the causes of his split with Flatt, who feared the duo's older fans would be alienated by the shift in emphasis."
Bluegrass-Übervater Earl Scruggs ist tot
"Mit seinem Banjo-Spiel revolutionierte Earl Scruggs die Bluegrass-Musik. Sein 'Foggy Mountain Breakdown' gilt als amerikanischer Klassiker."
Earl Scruggs, left, and Lester Flatt, right, with their Foggy Mountains Boys, provided entertainment for a Tennessee Press Association luncheon sponsored by The Nashville Tennessean at the Hermitage Hotel. Staff photo by Bill Preston (© The Tennessean) 1/22/1965
Foggy Mountain Breakdown played by Earl Scruggs and the festival banjo players at Camp Springs Bluegrass Festival in 1971
Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs: "Salty Dog Blues"
Earl Scruggs: "Ground Speed"
Flatt & Scruggs: "Roll In My Sweet Baby`s Arms"
Doc Watson & Earl Scruggs Play At Doc's Home
Earl Scruggs & Steve Martin: Foggy Mountain Breakdown