Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ain't No Fog On This Mountain Breakin' Down...


The banjo king, Earl Scruggs, is dead.

His music will live on forever.

Interestingly, Mr. Scruggs wife Louise was his, and his partner guitarist Lester Flatt's, business manager beginning in 1955.

At the time Ms. Scruggs was only in her mid-twenties, which is amazing to consider, considering the times (eg. it was also the time of Col. Tom Parker and Sam Phillips).

And she was no slouch, often described as the first 'professional' manager in Country Music who was later officially heralded as such when she was inducted into the CMusic Hall of Fame.

Her only almost misstep occured in the early '60's when she thought it would be a bad idea for Scruggs and Flatt to record the Beverly Hillbillies theme because she took umbrage to the stereotyping of folks from the American south as, well, 'hillbillies'.


How did they meet?

Well, Earl was playing with Bill Monroe at the Grand 'Ole Opry in 1948.

And Louise just happened to be in the audience.


The three finger-pickin' must have been especially fine that particular evening.


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