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Earl Scruggs Remembered at Public Memorial Service
Posted By Sarah Wyland On April 2, 2012 @ 12:50 PM In Country Music News | Comments Disabled
2,300 mourners turned out Sunday, April 1 to pay tribute to the late Earl Scruggs  at the public funeral held at the Ryman Auditorium  in Nashville, reports the Associated Press . It was a fitting tribute to the legendary banjo player,who played his songs for years on the Grand Ole Opry  and Ryman stage. Earl passed away at the age of 88 on March 28.
“No one will ever play the banjo like Earl,” Charlie Daniels said. Better known for his fiddle and guitar playing, Charlie told those gathered the mourners that when he was a young studio musician, Earl invited him to join the Earl Scruggs Revue.
Earl partnered with Lester Flatt, a guitarist, for 20 years to become the most famous duo in Bluegrass. The pair were best known for their song “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” from The Beverly Hillbillies TV series. Before that, their song “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” was featured in 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde movie. The pair went their separate ways in 1969 and Lester passed away 10 years later in 1979.
“He was the most humble musician I ever met,” Ricky Skaggs  said of Earl. “He was always listening,not at himself but at the next generation.” Bluegrass artist Del McCoury echoed that statement, crediting Earl with inspiring him to pick up a guitar. “If not for Earl Scruggs, I might not have played music at all,” he said.
Von Moye was among the mourners. A banjo player himself, he drove from Flat Top, West Virginia for the funeral. “He had a gift,” Von said. “He took three fingers and gave it a whole new style.”
Earl was known for his three finger style of banjo playing over the limited clawhammer style that was once popular. His three finger style elevated the banjo to a lead instrument that was not only flashy, but as versatile as a guitar.
Earl’s closed casket sat in front of the Ryman’s famous stage with a banjo on display behind it. Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, Bela Fleck, Emmylou Harris , Vince Gill , Jon Randall Stewart, John McEuen, Jim Mills, Marty Stuart  and Patty Loveless  performed during the service.
The Ryman Auditorium is located near the downtown honky tonks,where Earl’s music is still played. His plaque in the Country Music Hall of Fame is located just three blocks away. The ACM Awards  paid tribute to the bluegrass legend during last night’s live broadcast.
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 the late Earl Scruggs: http://blog.gactv.com/blog/2012/03/28/banjo-legend-earl-scruggs-dies-at-88/
 Ryman Auditorium: http://www.ryman.com
 Associated Press: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jPVb21Ja86IWnyWNZ4CbKk2awUTA?docId=6a1103cc112a4b7d9568a51a5f720393
 Grand Ole Opry: http://www.opry.com
 Charlie Daniels : http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_charlie_daniels
 Ricky Skaggs: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_ricky_skaggs
 Emmylou Harris: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_emmylou_harris
 Vince Gill: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_vince_gill
 Marty Stuart: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_marty_stuart
 Patty Loveless: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_patty_loveless
 ACM Awards: http://www.gactv.com/acm
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