Earl Scruggs

1924 - 2012

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Earl Eugene Scruggs (January 6, 1924 – March 28, 2012) was an American musician noted for popularizing a three-finger banjo picking style, now called "Scruggs style", which is a defining characteristic of bluegrass music. His three-finger style of playing was radically different from the traditional way the five-string banjo had previously been played. This new style of playing became popular and elevated the banjo from its previous role as a background rhythm instrument to featured solo status. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Earl Scruggs has received more than 1,267,820 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Earl Scruggs is the 1,117th most popular composer (down from 947th in 2019), the 7,848th most popular biography from United States (down from 6,840th in 2019) and the 88th most popular American Composer.

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Among composers, Earl Scruggs ranks 1,117 out of 1,228Before him are John Debney, John Kander, H. C. Robbins Landon, Lepo Sumera, Jocelyn Pook, and Nicholas Hooper. After him are Ezio Bosso, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Hiroyuki Sawano, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Alexandre Levy, and Zakir Hussain.

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Among people born in 1924, Earl Scruggs ranks 338Before him are Stanley Jaki, Jo Benkow, Michael Manley, Siiri Rantanen, Otis Spann, and Hubert Curien. After him are Joseph Nérette, Thomas Berger, George Amick, Arkady Vorobyov, Leslie Phillips, and Paulo Muwanga. Among people deceased in 2012, Earl Scruggs ranks 335Before him are Heino Kruus, Ralph McQuarrie, Bill Moggridge, Bob Welch, J. Bernlef, and Rodolfo Quezada Toruño. After him are Héctor Camacho, Arkady Vorobyov, Murray Rose, Bernard Lovell, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, and Vasily Belov.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Earl Scruggs ranks 7,848 out of 15,968Before him are Tom McCarthy (1966), Miriam Cooper (1891), Redd Foxx (1922), Simon Guggenheim (1867), Chris Hughes (1983), and Lloyd Ruby (1928). After him are Alvah Bessie (1904), Julianne Nicholson (1971), Alessandro Nivola (1972), Gerard Way (1977), Laura Nyro (1947), and Mike Lee (1971).

Among COMPOSERS In United States

Among composers born in United States, Earl Scruggs ranks 88Before him are David Raksin (1912), Spike Jones (1911), Howard Hanson (1896), John Debney (1956), John Kander (1927), and H. C. Robbins Landon (1926). After him are Charles Tomlinson Griffes (1884), Christopher Young (1958), George Bruns (1914), Virgil Thomson (1896), Joseph Lamb (1887), and Mark Mancina (1957).