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Flatt and Scruggs

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Flatt and Scruggs left a legend, Bill Monroe, and became legends on their own. Uploaded by bullmoose.com.

Those who know me recognize the boundless enthusiasm, the unbridled pleasure, the limitless excitement I experience upon hearing bluegrass music. A lot of people enjoy bluegrass, of course, but then a lot of people liked pickled eggs, too. Regardless, I realize the impact that Flatt and Scruggs had on that musical genre, and through TV and movies, on the culture at large.

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Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs performed with bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe for several years, leaving in 1948 and forming their own band, The Foggy Mountain Boys. (Not to be confused with O Brother Where Art Thou’s “Soggy Mountain Boys.”) They’re best remembered for the song “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” a tune that featured Scruggs’s banjo virtuosity, and which became famous outside bluegrass circles for its inclusion in Bonnie and Clyde. The guys also recorded the theme song for The Beverly Hillbillies, called “The Ballad of Jed Clampett.”

Flatt and Scruggs never had a song make the Top 40, but five of their tunes made the top 10 of the Country chart. CMT named them number 24 on its list of the 40 Greatest Men of Country Music, and they were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985.

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