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November This article needs additional citations for verification. Your Love Is Like a Flower. Foggy Mountain Jamboree Expanded Edition The Essential Foggy Mountain Breakdown Cripple Creek. Foggy Mountain Banjo Get In Line Brother. The Essential Earl Scruggs The Ballad of Jed Clampett. Flint Hill Special. Essential Albums See All. Foggy Mountain Banjo. Albums See All. The Story of Bonnie and Clyde. Nashville Airplane. Changin' Times. Bill Monroe, 13 years older than Scruggs, was prominent in country music at the time.
His career started with the "Monroe Brothers", a duo with his brother Charlie. Bill sang the high tenor harmony parts, a sound called "high lonesome", for which he became noted.
They first played on the Opry in and soon became a popular touring band featuring a vocalist named Lester Flatt. When Scruggs was 21, Monroe was looking for a banjo player for his group, because David "Stringbean" Akeman was quitting. It was so different! I had never heard that kind of banjo picking.
This group of men became the prototype of what a bluegrass band would become. The work schedule was heavy in Monroe's band. They were playing a lot of jobs in movie theaters all over the south, riding in a Chevrolet from town to town, doing up to six shows a day and not finishing up until about eleven at night.
Lester Flatt said, "It wasn't anything to ride two or three days in a car. We didn't have buses like we do now, and we never had our shoes off".
If a man would slack off, he would move over and get that mandolin up close on him and get him back up there". He was single at the time, and the brief few hours on Saturdays that he made it home, it was just to pack his suitcase at the Tulane Hotel where he lived alone, then repeat the cycle—he had done this for two years. Flatt had also made up his mind to leave, but he had not told anyone. He later gave his two-week notice, but, before the notice was up, the bass player Howard Watts announced that he was leaving too.
Despite Monroe's pleading, they left the band. Monroe thought Flatt and Scruggs had a secret understanding, but both men denied it.
Monroe did not speak to either one for 20 years thereafter, a feud well known in country music circles. In the spring of , their second Mercury recording session yielded the classic "Foggy Mountain Breakdown", released on 78 RPM vinyl records that were in use at the time.
Previously, Scruggs had performed something similar, called "Bluegrass Breakdown" with Bill Monroe, but Monroe had denied him songwriting credit for it. When asked about the dissonance years later, Scruggs said he had tried to get Flatt to consistently play a minor there to no avail; he said he eventually became used to the sound and even fond of it.
Soon Beatty called back saying that he wanted to use the existing vintage Mercury recording of Foggy Mountain Breakdown, and rejected the argument that it was recorded 18 years prior at a radio station with no modern enhancements. In October , the band recorded "Earl's Breakdown" which featured a technique where Scruggs would manually de-tune certain strings of the banjo during a song using a cam device he had made to attach to the instrument, giving the surprise effect of a downward string bend.
He and his brother Horace had experimented with it when they were growing up. He covered the holes with a piece of metal, which can be seen on the album cover of Foggy Mountain Jamboree. The technique became popular and led to improvement of the design without drilling holes by Bill Keith who then manufactured Scruggs-Keith Tuners.
In , Martha White Foods sponsored the band's regular early morning radio shows on WSM in Nashville, where the duo sang the company's catchy bluegrass jingle written by Pat Twitty. According to Tennessean writer Peter Cooper, Bill Monroe was in opposition and worked behind the scenes to keep Flatt and Scruggs off the Opry to the extent of having petitions made against their membership. Williams intervened by threatening to pull all of his advertising from WSM unless the band appeared on the Opry in the segment sponsored by his company.
Sung by Jerry Scoggins , the theme song became an immediate country music hit and was played at the beginning and end of each episode of the series. The song went to 1 on the Billboard country chart, a first for any bluegrass recording. In their first appearance season 1, episode 20 , they portray themselves in the show and perform both the theme song and "Pearl, Pearl, Pearl". That song went to 8 on the country chart in By the end of the s, Scruggs was getting bored with repetition of the classic bluegrass fare.
He said, "I love bluegrass music, and still like to play it, but I do like to mix in some other music for my own personal satisfaction, because if I don't, I can get a little bogged down and a little depressed". Columbia has got Bob Dylan, why did they want me? Scruggs made an unannounced visit to his bedside. The two men talked for more than an hour. Even though Flatt's voice was barely above a whisper, he spoke of a reunion. Scruggs answered yes, but told Flatt they would talk when he was better.
Flatt said, "It came as quite a surprise and made me feel good. Historian Barry Willis, speaking of the meeting, said "Earl gave Lester his flowers while he was still living. Scruggs was one of the few bluegrass or country artists to give support to the anti-war movement. Earl and Louise Scruggs made phone calls to eminent country stars like Roy Acuff and "Mother" Maybelle Carter to get them to participate in this project to bring a unique combination of older players with young ones.
Scruggs had to retire from the road in due to back problems, but the Earl Scruggs Revue did not part ways until Hall in , and a compilation album Top of the World in It was the first time a prominent bluegrass banjo player had played any brand other than a Gibson. McPeake stated, "They were good banjos, they just wasn't [ sic ] what Earl wanted to play. The Vega company was sold to the C. Martin company in , and the contract was dissolved.
Gibson elected to make the replica model nickel-plated as well, to look like Scruggs' own. Banjo enthusiasts have located the shipping records from Gibson to determine the exact dates the Granada Mastertone was missing on certain recordings. She went backstage after the performance to meet some of the performers, including Scruggs, who had been with Bill Monroe's band about a year at that time. Scruggs and Certain began dating and fell in love. They were married about a year and a half later in April Louise had a business aptitude and began helping by doing the phone work.
She turned the band into TV personalities and helped propel them into what today would be called rock stars, touring with Joan Baez and performing at the prestigious Newport Folk Festival. Allen , who had done covers for The New Yorker and Sports Illustrated to create cover illustrations for 17 of the group's albums.View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of The Essential Flatt & Scruggs: 'Tis Sweet To Be Remembered on Discogs.4/4(5).