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Flatt & Scruggs

Probably the most famous bluegrass band of all time was Flatt & Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys. They made the genre famous in ways that not even Bill Monroe, who pretty much invented the sound, ever could. Because of a guitar player and vocalist from Tennessee named Lester Flatt and an extraordinary banjo player from North Carolina named Earl Scruggs, bluegrass music has become popular the world over and has entered the mainstream in the world of music.

Like so many other bluegrass legends, Flatt & Scruggs were graduates of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys. Because of the unique sound they added ("overdrive," one critic called it), Monroe felt let down after Flatt's quality vocals and Scruggs's banjo leads left in 1948. Quickly the two assembled a band that in the opinion of many was among the best ever, with Chubby Wise on fiddle and Jody Rainwater on bass; a later band, with Paul Warren on fiddle and Josh Graves on dobro, was equally superb. With so many extraordinary musicians and the solid, controlled vocals of Flatt, it's no wonder the Foggy Mountain Boys were the band that brought bluegrass to international prominence. From 1948 until 1969, when Flatt & Scruggs split up to pursue different musical directions, they were the bluegrass band, due to their Martha White Flour segment at the Opry and, especially, their tremendous exposure from TV and movies.

Flatt and Scruggs were originally brought together by Monroe in 1945, when they joined a band that also featured fiddler Chubby Wise and bassist Cedric Rainwater. This quintet created the sound of bluegrass and helped bring it to national recognition through radio shows, records, and concerts. After three years with Monroe, Flatt left the mandolinist behind in 1948, and Scruggs followed his lead shortly afterward. The duo formed their own band, the Foggy Mountain Boys. Within a few months, they recruited ex-Blue Grass Boy Rainwater, fiddler Jim Shumate and guitarist/vocalist Mac Wiseman. Initially, the band played on radio stations across the South, landing a record contract with Mercury Records in late 1948. Over the next two years, they toured the U.S. constantly, played many radio shows, and recorded several sessions for Mercury. One of the sessions produced the original version of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," which would become a bluegrass standard.

In 1951, Flatt & Scruggs switched record labels, signing with Columbia Records. By this point, the band now featured mandolinst/vocalist Curly Seckler, fiddler Paul Warren, and bassist Jake Tullock. Where the careers of other bluegrass and hard country acts stalled in the early and mid-'50s, the Foggy Mountain Boys flourished. One of their first singles for Columbia, "'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered," reached the Top Ten in 1952, and in 1953, the Martha White Flour company sponsored a regular radio show for the group on WSM in Nashville. In 1955, the band joined the Grand Ole Opry. The following year, they added a dobro player called Buck Graves to the lineup.

Flatt & Scruggs reached a new audience in the late '50s, when the folk music revival sparked the interest of a younger generation of listeners. The duo played a number of festivals targeted at the new breed of bluegrass and folk fans. At the same time, country music television programs went into syndication, and the duo became regulars on these shows. In the summer of 1959, Flatt & Scruggs began a streak of Top 40 country singles that ran into 1968 -- their chart performance was directly tied to their increased exposure. The duo's popularity peaked in 1962, when they recorded the theme song to the television sitcom The Beverly Hillbilles. The theme, called "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," became the first number one bluegrass single in early 1963, and the duo made a number of cameos on the show.

The Beverly Hillbilles began a streak of cameo appearances and soundtrack work for Flatt & Scruggs in television and film, most notably with the appearance of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" in Arthur Penn's 1968 film Bonnie and Clyde. With all of their TV, film, and festival appearances, Flatt & Scruggs popularlized bluegrass music more than any artist, even Monroe. Ironically, that popularity helped drive the duo apart. Scruggs wanted to expand their sound and pushed Flatt to cover Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" in 1968 as well as land concert appearances in venues that normally booked rock & roll acts. Flatt wanted to continue in a traditional bluegrass vein. Inevitably, the opposing forces came to a head in 1969, and the duo parted ways. Appropriately, Flatt formed a traditional bluegrass band, the Nashville Grass, while Scruggs assembled a more progressive outfit, the Earl Scruggs Revue.

Throughout the '70s, both Flatt and Scruggs enjoyed successful solo careers. In 1979, the duo began ironing out the details of a proposed reunion album, but they were scrapped upon Flatt's death on May 11, 1979.

Scruggs made many albums after his parting with Flatt, highlighted by 1982's The Storyteller and the Banjo Man (with Tom T. Hall) and 2001's Earl Scruggs and Friends (which featured an all-star cast including Johnny Cash, Elton John, Sting, Vince Gill, Albert Lee, Leon Russell, and Steve Martin). Scruggs was often seen on TV as well, often for reunion appearances. He died in Nashville in 2012. In 1985, Flatt & Scruggs were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. ~ David Vinopal, Rovi
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Comments

Good lookin. Boys
Flatt & Scruggs, cut my teeth on the theme song to the Beverly Hillbillies and when they did a guess spot, slipped further into pond.
Year subscription I have and loving it. Christmas Present.
louisemk
Yah.. Flats and Scruggs. Check out seldom scene
I have listened to bluegrass my entire life and I absolutely love it. It's my favorite kind of music and I'm only 13.
If M.Ds had any sense they would prescribe bluegrass instead of Prozac
maxinelester 3 6
I love bluegrass I spent 17 years in my where I was burned . There is where I llistened
I fell in love with bluegrass music when I was 17. Now I'm 59 and love it even more. Flatt and Scruggs and Eric Weisberg are among my favorites. I take my 100 year old grandma around town in my truck and play bluegrass. She can't sit still! Dancing and singing along down the road. It's priceless!
I'm from North Carolina and I love Lester Flatts and Earl Scruggs!
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AND I WANT A YEAR PRESCRIPTION
I surprised my husband when I embraced his love for bluegrass and now I can identify Earl Scrugg banjo anywhere! Music is universal... B l u e g r a s s music takes you to a simple, better way of life,
My kind of music and I am from, Southern California, yall. :o)))
melchioranth o n y
great roots music. blue grass and celtic.well done
Great music. But this bio is pretty badly written.
waltod01
This music and its theme is still appreciated and enjoyed by a greater portion of the population in this country than is realized by the Madison Avenue types that are out of touch with reality most of the time
Lester flatt and Scruggs was a good blue grass singers lester died 1973 and Scruggs in 2011 thes guys were great
This is the kind of music i grew up on, Nothing better than good ole Bluegrass Gospel music
Its kinda weird reading this cause My last name is Scruggs and I'm closely related to Earl Scruggs
Love this classic music!!
I don't really care for county , but these boys can play
Now just how can a body listen to this pick'in and ah grin'in and be sad? Hee Haw!!!!! DMB
Its a crying shame that these two musical treats are gone now.I can only imagine the jamboree thats going on in heaven at this very moment
My son was having a guitar lesson and I was in the parking lot picking a few tunes on the banjo while I waited. People stopped to listen and one gal rolled down her window and thanked me for the music. I play Scruggs style. All the credit for these people's enjoyment goes directly to Earl. I was playing his tunes and his style.
very good thank u
very good
my6pac_annie
i loved to see scruggs flatt monroe and the osborne brothers back in the 70s at campsprings nc
Earl played the music that came to this country with those that settled in the hills and valleys of the Carolina's. I'm proud to say i enjoy that hillbilly music. Many talents go silent that are one of a kind. While others play banjo, and they will do so in the Earl Scruggs style, none will capture the sound that Earl had.
There is a lot to hate about Bill Monroe
godspilot
RIP Earl Scruggs
walnuthollow f a r m s
Why does Pandora hate on Bill Monroe so badly?
The album Hard Traveiin is available on Amazon.com for $14.32 today (29 Nov 2011)
There was a 33&1/3 album entitled "Hard Travellin" I bought it in 1963 and left it in an open convertible. I don't see it listed anywhere. If anyone has seen it for sale let me know plese. Should add this was by Flatt and Scruggs
gwpassmore20 0 8
still love the sound of lester flat and earl scruggs.
i just love bluegrass music, it is something that you clap your hands to knee slapping foot stomping music from the good old days
belandon
Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs * The Foggy Mountain Boys brings back alot of boy hood memories. I love'em
they were quite arguably the very best in bluegrass music. even uncle bill invented the style of music, lester and earl perfected it in their own way. i saw them perform probably as much as anyone. i have all their music collection. i also have all of lesters music collection after him and earl split up. i love their music and our own band the "red oak ridge" plays all of their music. we also play everyone else's. we are a louisiana band, located in west central La.
finger picking good
michaellmatt e s o n
My babies grew up on these guys! Back in the day they (TWINS!) were boppin'; their little heads in the backseat to the cassette I had of Flatt & Scruggs! This memory will be cherished forever! By the way, they are 29 now!
love these good old boys since 1700 and 72...
This is where my love for Banjo and Bluegrass began. NO music moves me like this! Flatt & Scruggs, Stanley Brothers...Y E A H ! ! !
Always liked Flatt & Scruggs!
incredible!!
May be my favorite song. I love it. Doc may have done it better, but this is great. Thanks Pandora.
streb_out
Great stuff. Thanks Pandora!
This is where all music that we enjoy today originated
my mother used to listen to these songs while she was gettin ready for a night out on the town with her girlfriends, i would sit in the chair with her as she did, god rest her sole!...... brings back memories!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
jrich116
Jimmy Brown the news boy
As Eddie Stubbs says: "Are there any questions?"
slapshot1894
A gift from God. They are, quite simply, the best ever.
susankee5
my first experience of these guys. wow, I like it.
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