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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 1,344,615 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Earl Scruggs is the 1,240th most popular composer (down from 1,108th in 2019), the 8,950th most popular biography from United States (down from 7,835th in 2019) and the 97th most popular American Composer.

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Among composers, Earl Scruggs ranks 1,240 out of 1,216Before him are Georg Friedrich Haas, David Raksin, Mark Mancina, Vincent Youmans, Vicente Amigo, and John Wilbye. After him are Peter Warlock, R. D. Burman, Joseph Lamb, Howard Hanson, Masaaki Suzuki, and Vincent Persichetti.

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Among people born in 1924, Earl Scruggs ranks 380Before him are Lev Kulidzhanov, Sam Jones, Claude Netter, Maino Neri, Erika Mahringer, and Harvey Kurtzman. After him are Hubert Curien, Nicholas Colasanto, Ivan Udodov, Maria Golubnichaya, Gail Russell, and Giacomo Mari. Among people deceased in 2012, Earl Scruggs ranks 364Before him are Richard Dawson, Jose Tomas Sanchez, Ivan Calin, Oswaldo Payá, Robert B. Sherman, and Adolfo Schwelm Cruz. After him are Dick Clark, Vincenzo Consolo, Tony Martin, Théophile Abega, Luke Askew, and Jacques Barzun.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Earl Scruggs ranks 8,950 out of 18,182Before him are Bruce Schneier (1963), Lisa Nowak (1963), Ricardo Cortez (1900), Gregg Araki (1959), Alfonso Ribeiro (1971), and Richard Olney (1835). After him are Sylvester Graham (1794), Anikka Albrite (1988), Andrea Martin (1947), Robert Surtees (1906), Irwin I. Shapiro (1929), and William H. Keeler (1931).

Among COMPOSERS In United States

Among composers born in United States, Earl Scruggs ranks 97Before him are Virgil Thomson (1896), Lowell Mason (1792), Christopher Young (1958), David Raksin (1912), Mark Mancina (1957), and Vincent Youmans (1898). After him are Joseph Lamb (1887), Howard Hanson (1896), Vincent Persichetti (1915), George Bruns (1914), Jerry Bock (1928), and Shirley Walker (1945).