He created the modern sound of 5-string banjo and bluegrass music with Bill Monroe and became a household name with The Beverly Hillbillies
Earl Scruggs (photo credit - whittlz Flickr)
By Stephen Pate – Earl Scruggs, the man behind bluegrass banjo and The Beverley Hillbillies theme song “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” died in Nashville, TN at 88 on March 28, 2012.
Bill Monroe sang the high lonesome sound of bluegrass but it was the lightning 3-finger picking of Earl Scruggs’ banjo that propelled the music.
Scruggs left the claw hammer style of banjo, which is similar to thumb picking and strumming the guitar, and popularized the clever and fast 3-finger picking style.
Although other banjo players played 3-finger style, it was Earl Scruggs job with Bill Monroe in 1945 that catapulted the style to the forefront. Scruggs-style is the defacto standard for banjo players today. Continue reading →
Song written as B-side throw-away goes #1 with sports fans
Paul Leka (photo Joseph Bly NY Times)
In 1969, all songs had to have a B-side for the 45 record. Paul Leka,then a Mercury Records producer, and studio musicians Garrett Scott and Dale Frashuer wrote a throw-away song, so useless that no DJ would play it.
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye went # 1 for a band called Steam. Today it is the sports chant of fans for retiring pitchers and sports losers of all stripes.
Paul Leka died of lung cancer on October 12th in hospice near his Connecticut home. Leka was 68. Continue reading →
Mr. MacNevin and his wife were victims of a horrific propane explosion that destroyed their West Devon, PEI home on April 27, 2010.
Mr. MacNevin suffered numerous injuries from the explosion and never recovered. He spent more than 4 weeks in the burn unit in Halifax before being transferred back to the Prince County Hospital in Summerside, PEI.
His wife spent seven weeks in recovery in hospital as well.
The explosion was caused, according to the Fire Marshall, from a propane leak. Propane explosions are more common than officials want to admit.