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Billboard reports that Earl Scruggs , the legendary banjo player, has passed away. He was 88 and died of natural causes in a Nashville hospital. 

Scruggs is credited for popularizing the three-finger banjo-picking style. The Shelby, N.C. native got his start in Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys in 1945. After leaving Monroe's band, he partnered with Lester Flatt to form the legendary Foggy Mountain Boys in 1948. By 1955, they were members of the Grand Ole Opry and went on to have hits with "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" and "The Ballad of Jed Clampett". His partnership with Flatt lasted until 1969.

He went on to form the Earl Scruggs Revue, which featured his two sons Gary and Randy. Around that period, he collaborated with several prominent artists, including Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and the Byrds (the latter three were featured in the film The Complete Earl Scruggs Story). In 2001, he released Earl Scruggs and Friends, which featured collaborations with Elton John, John Fogerty, and several others. He was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985, and in 2008, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Below, watch Scruggs in action.

Foggy Mountain Boys - "Cryin' Holy Unto My Lord":

The Earl Scruggs Revue - "Country Comfort":

Earl Scruggs with Joan Baez - "Love is Just a Four-Letter Word":

Earl Scruggs - "Foggy Mountain Breakdown":

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