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Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs

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Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, and the Foggy Mountain Boys were an influential bluegrass band performing and recording in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

Flatt and Scruggs met as members of Bill Monroe’s band, the Blue Grass Boys in 1946. They both left that band early in 1948, and within a few months had formed their own group, the Foggy Mountain Boys. Scruggs’ banjo style and Flatt’s vocals gave them a distinctive sound that won them many fans. In 1955 they became members of the Grand Ole Opry. Many of the songs on their albums are credited to “Certain and Stacey”. These were in fact written by Flatt and Scruggs and various other members of the Foggy Mountain Boys. Certain and Stacey are the maiden names of the wives of Flatt and Scruggs. Louise Certain, wife of Earl Scruggs and Gladys Stacey, wife of Lester Flatt.

Scruggs, who had always shown progressive tendencies, experimented on duets with saxophonist King Curtis and added songs by the likes of Bob Dylan to the group’s repertoire. Flatt, a traditionalist, did not like these changes, and the group broke up in 1969. Following the breakup, Lester Flatt founded the Nashville Grass and Scruggs lead the Earl Scruggs Revue. Flatt died in 1979, while Scruggs continued to perform until his death in March 2012. Flatt and Scruggs were elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985

Flatt & Scruggs may be best known however as the performers of “The Ballad of Jed Clampit” the theme song from the sixties television show “The Beverly Hillbillies”.

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  • L0verMusic

    песня после которой я их добавил Earl Scruggs And Friends - Foggy Mountain Breakdown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQIJuu3N5EY

    28 Apr 8:33pm Reply
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    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • amber_monochord

    Flatt & Scruggs reached the peak of their art early and defined Bluegrass for everyone to follow. The level of this achievement is on par with the great masters of any other genre. [2] thank you for showing the world a truly All-American original creation. I've been a huge fan since I first heard "Earl's Breakdown" in a music history class. RIP and thank you!

    2 Apr 2012 Reply
  • nolteCOD

    Aw Man RIP :(

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • evanisreallyok

    RIP Earl.

    30 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Capitan_Impallo

    RIP

    29 Mar 2012 Reply
  • paulbd

    RIP Greatest Banjo Player of All-time!

    29 Mar 2012 Reply
  • DogBiteUrHide

    @ DannabisAx That's "we" always called 'em...since I was a young'n, some 50 years ago or so. But they were always formally introduced as Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and The Foggy Mountain Boys.

    4 Dec 2010 Reply
  • DannabisAx

    They don't just go by Flatt & Scruggs??????

    19 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Noadiah

    ♥♥♥Best Blugrass pickers ever!!♥♥♥

    3 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Vileinist

    MAKE MORE INSTRUMENTALS PLZKTHX

    26 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Anthile

    The Dream Theater of Bluegrass.

    5 Oct 2010 Reply
  • mhobert

    Flatt & Scruggs reached the peak of their art early and defined Bluegrass for everyone to follow. The level of this acheivement is on par with the great masters of any other genre.

    17 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Eve-Lau

    I love the banjo. Thanks Earl Scruggs for making me pick up that wonderful instrument.

    8 Apr 2009 Reply
  • johnlaw484

    Best Blue grass band, ever, including Bill Monroe, the pioneer of blue grass

    25 Mar 2009 Reply
  • franyfourtimes

    i think banjo rocks i cant put mine down i want to become a master of this wonderful and always exciting instument

    5 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Dorhero

    These guys are awesome!

    4 Feb 2009 Reply
  • tljones

    If you think it's easy to play a banjo like this, try it, and you will be humbled.

    20 Sep 2008 Reply
  • gameshowhost

    These two really rip it up better than most of the guitar heroes from the sixties or seventies, yet on banjo.

    13 Mar 2008 Reply
  • pattymcg

    nah b**** Foggy Mountain is ghetto as hell

    23 Oct 2007 Reply
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