30 Mar 2012

Banjo star Scruggs dies in Nashville

8:07 am on 30 March 2012

Earl Scruggs, the American banjo legend who brought bluegrass to a mass audience, has died at the age of 88.

Scruggs was known for his unique banjo playing technique and is credited with helping create modern country music.

He was part of the famed Flatt & Scruggs duo and shot to fame with the memorable theme song of the 1960s TV hit show The Beverly Hillbillies, known as The Ballad of Jed Clampett.

The duo's first big hit Foggy Mountain Breakdown was used in the movie Bonnie and Clyde.

Scruggs' son says he died in Nashville of natural causes.