We are remembering Mr. Earl Scruggs, Nashville banjo player as we had heard of his passing this week.
I’ve been remembering Mr. Earl Scruggs of ‘Flatt and Scruggs’ fame from early days when I was growing up. Those memories center around the early morning broadcasts of ‘The Martha White Show’ on local Nashville radio, WSM AM 650 – ‘the air castle of the south’ as it was called then.
My Daddy was a farmer and he arose early in the day, even after he quit farming and went to doing something else. You could always depend on his bedside radio being tuned in to the early morning show of Flatt and Scruggs on the Martha White Show and believe me, 5:30 am came bright and early in those days and sure enough, we’d all wake up to the sound of that happy tune, ‘bake it right with Martha White, bake it right with Martha White!’
Mr. Lester Flatt of the duo generally always did the talking on the show and Mr. Earl Scruggs did the banjo picking.
In my own opinion, I think that Mr. Earl Scruggs was to the banjo in Nashville what Mr. Chet Atkins was to the guitar in this town.
Seeming to be a quiet sort of man, he appeared to have enjoyed the picking and singing, nevertheless.
Earl Scruggs died at the age of 88 this week. His funeral will be held at the world famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville (home of the Grand Ole Opry) on Sunday, April 1.
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