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the emcee and vocalist of the unit, grew up in a music-loving, folk singing
family. He soloed in the local church choir at the age of seven. During his
early boyhood he often performed at local singing and community gatherings. His
professional career began in 1939 when he first performed on a radio station in
Roanoke, Virginia. In 1944, Lester came to the Grand Ole Op ry in Nashville,
Tennessee as a featured vocalist and guitarist.
The Skill and
sincerity with which he sings make him an outstanding performer in any number
he undertakes, whether it is ballads, blues or hymns. Earl Scruggs was also born into a musically inclined family. Earl’s
father, who died when Earl was only four years old, was also a banjoist.
Inspired by his father, Earl managed to play tunes on his banjo before he was
five years old. At the age of ten, he developed a unique style of playing the
banjo with three fingers, which is known nationally as Scruggs-Style Picking.
In 1945, when he first came to Nashville, he dazzled audiences with this new,
hard- driving, three-fingered technique. It was this artistry that gave life to
a band style called Bluegrass. One music critic has compared Scruggs-Style
Picking to Paganini’s dazzling violin style.
They formed the
Foggy Mountain Boys and brought bluegrass to international prominence.
features The Ballad Of Jed Clampett (theme song from the hit TV series The
Beverley Hillbillies) it was the first bluegrass song to reach #1 in the
Country Music Charts. They were elected to the Country Music Hall Of Fame in
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