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“Like a Jackhammer”—How the Tune Works

Thomas Goldsmith

in Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown: The Making of an American Classic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252042966
eISBN:
9780252051821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042966.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Popular

The driving 1949 recording of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” showcased the groundbreaking banjo style that Scruggs developed in North Carolina. Beginning with a “pinch”—two strings hit strongly at once, ... More


Riding with Bonnie and Clyde

Thomas Goldsmith

in Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown: The Making of an American Classic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252042966
eISBN:
9780252051821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042966.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Popular

The banjo tune “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” took a roundabout path to become the voice of the genre-changing film Bonnie and Clyde, first released in 1967. The movie’s eventual star, Warren Beatty, was ... More


Recording “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”

Thomas Goldsmith

in Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown: The Making of an American Classic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252042966
eISBN:
9780252051821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042966.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Popular

Flatt and Scruggs went into Herzog Studios in Cincinnati, Ohio, on December 11, 1949, to record his recently composed tune “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” the first instrumental recording for Flatt and ... More


The Number-One Banjo Player

Thomas Goldsmith

in Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown: The Making of an American Classic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252042966
eISBN:
9780252051821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042966.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Popular

Bill Monroe’s opposition meant that for years Flatt and Scruggs would lack the coast-to-coast coverage of Opry station WSM’s 50,000-watt signal. Instead, they played stints at regional stations. By ... More


Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown: The Making of an American Classic

Thomas Goldsmith

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252042966
eISBN:
9780252051821
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042966.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

Earl Eugene Scruggs (1924-2012) came from the hills of North Carolina and learned the banjo from the days he was too small to hold it properly. While still a schoolboy in Boiling Springs, North ... More


Flatt and Scruggs Build a Career

Thomas Goldsmith

in Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown: The Making of an American Classic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252042966
eISBN:
9780252051821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042966.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Popular

Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt quit their jobs as members of Bill Monroe’s band in the first months of 1948. The high energy of Scruggs’s banjo married well to Flatt’s appealing voice and songs, ... More


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