Earl Scruggs, Beverly Hillbillies Bluegrass Legend, Dies

Earl Scruggs, the banjo playing, singing and composing great whose twanging bluegrass themes for TV’s The Beverly Hillbillies and the Bonnie and Clyde movie achieved Top of the Chart status in the ’60s, died Wednesday of natural causes at a Nashville hospital, his son Gary Scruggs told CNN. He was 88.

“It’s not just bluegrass, it’s American music,” bluegrass fan-turned-country star Dierks Bentley told the Associated Press about Scruggs’s output.