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The Recording Academy has released the inductees for the 2013 Grammy Hall of Fame and it's quite the interesting mix.
"With the Grammy Hall Of Fame celebrating 40 years, it's especially important to note that these entries continue the tradition of inducting a wide variety of recordings that have inspired and influenced both fans and music makers for generations," President/CEO of The Recording Academy Neil Portnow said in a release. "Memorable for being both culturally and historically significant, we are proud to add them to our growing catalog of outstanding recordings that have become part of our musical, social, and cultural history."
- Madeline Boardman
Earl Scruggs, the Bluegrass legend and banjo master, died Wednesday morning at the age of 88, and he has left his fans quite the musical legacy with his songs.
The Associated Press didn't mince words when describing the contributions Earl Scruggs bestowed upon this nation's culture, describing him as a "pioneering banjo player who helped create modern country music," an icon in the vein of Johnny Cash and Hank Williams.
The day after he died, Earl Scruggs fans turned to YouTube to record tributes. Some posted covers of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," the remarkable 1949 track by Scruggs and Lester Flatt, while others thanked him for his contributions to music. Still more fans were searching the web for recordings of his biggest hits.
Scores of celebrities remembered Scruggs on Twitter. Country star Dierks Bentley said Scruggs should always be remembered for inventing the three-finger style of playing the banjo and noted that Scruggs was not a single-genre icon. »
- Kia Makarechi
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. "There's 17- or 18-year-old kids turning on today's country music and hearing that banjo and they have no idea where that came from. That sound has probably always been there »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Earl Scruggs, the most significant banjo player in American music history, died of natural causes yesterday in a Nashville hospital. He was 88 years old.
Born in Shelby, North Carolina, Scruggs enjoyed artistic and commercial success with his distinctive three-finger picking style on the five-string banjo, which permitted him to play lightning quick »
- Jim Fusilli
Scruggs is credited with bringing the banjo from a rhythm section instrument to a lead instrument by his three-finger approach to picking, rather than the clawhammer style. His way of playing became known as the "Scruggs picking style" that helped popularize the banjo across many different kinds of music.
He made his debut with Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys in the 1940s at the Grand Ole Opry and later teamed with Lester Flatt. They were best known for "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" and "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" from "The Beverly Hillbillies."
Nashville, Tenn. -- It may be impossible to overstate the importance of bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs to American music. A pioneering banjo player who helped create modern country music, his sound is instantly recognizable and as intrinsically wrapped in the tapestry of the genre as Johnny Cash's baritone or Hank Williams' heartbreak.
Scruggs died Wednesday morning at age 88 of natural causes. The legacy he helped build with bandleader Bill Monroe, guitarist Lester Flatt and the rest of the Blue Grass Boys was evident all around Nashville, where he died in an area hospital. His string-bending, mind-blowing way of picking helped transform a regional sound into a national passion.
"It's not just bluegrass, it's American music," bluegrass fan turned country star Dierks Bentley said. "There's 17- or 18-year-old kids turning on today's country music and hearing that banjo and they have no idea where that came from. That sound »
Like Jafar Panahi, Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof is awaiting "execution of the verdict," a sentence of one year in jail delivered in December 2010. Unlike Panahi, whose sentence is six years, Rasoulof is free to travel in the meantime, a luxury — or, as many would see it, a right — denied Panahi for, foreseeably, 20 years. Rasoulof is currently a jury member at the Fribourg International Film Festival, running through Saturday, which has given Regula Fuchs an opportunity to interview him for the Swiss Tages-Anzeiger (thanks to Film-Zeit for the tip).
Fuchs first asks about the potential impact of the Oscar for Asghar Farhadi's A Separation on the Iranian film scene. Rasoulof: "The authorities see this Oscar as a confirmation of their policies toward filmmakers: By exercising their influence on Iranian cinema, they've made this foreign award possible."
On how one goes about making a film in Iran these days: »
Earl Scruggs, the master banjoist whose three-finger power picking propelled the instrument from mere prop directly to center stage and the heart and sound of bluegrass, died yesterday of natural causes, reports the New York Times . He was 88. Scruggs came to prominence in the 1940s with guitarist and longtime partner Lester Flatt, with whom he formed the vaunted Foggy Mountain Boys. The group's "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," released in 1949, became one of the signature songs for which Scruggs is best known. Scruggs picked up the banjo at the age of four, and got his first big break with Bill »
- Polly Davis Doig
Nashville, Tenn. — It is impossible to overstate the importance of Earl Scruggs to American music. A pioneering banjo player who helped create modern country music, his sound is instantly recognizable and as intrinsically wrapped in the tapestry of the genre as Johnny Cash's baritone or Hank Williams' heartbreak.
Scruggs passed away Wednesday morning at 88 of natural causes. The legacy he helped build with bandleader Bill Monroe, guitarist Lester Flatt and the rest of the Blue Grass Boys was evident all around Nashville, where he died in an area hospital. His string-bending, mind-blowing way of picking helped transform a regional sound into a national passion.
"It's not just bluegrass, it's American music," bluegrass fan turned country star Dierks Bentley said. "There's 17- or 18-year-old kids turning on today's country music and hearing that banjo and they have no idea where that came from. That sound has probably always been »
American Bluegrass legend and Grammy winner (1969) Earl Scruggs - who wrote the classic TV series The Beverly Hillbillies theme music - has died. He was 88 years-old. The North Carolina Scruggs was a pickin' genius, mastering the three-finger method dubbed the "Scruggs style," who played and toured with his band from his teens until recent years. He received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2008. Scruggs wrote and recorded "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" with Lester Flatt and singer Jerry Scoggins. Scruggs remade his classic hit "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" in 2002 featuring Steve Martin on second banjo, Paul Shaffer, Leon Russell, Vince Gill, Albert Lee and Marty Stuart.for 2001's Earl Scruggs and Friends. Have a listen: »
- April MacIntyre
Nashville, Tenn. (AP) — Bluegrass legend and banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs, who helped profoundly change country music with Bill Monroe in the 1940s and later with guitarist Lester Flatt, has died. He was 88. Scruggs' son Gary said his father died of natural causes Wednesday morning at a Nashville, Tenn., hospital. Earl Scruggs was an innovator who pioneered the modern banjo sound. His use of three fingers rather than the clawhammer style elevated the banjo from a part of the rhythm section — or a comedian's prop — to a lead instrument. His string-bending and lead runs became known worldwide as »
- Chris Talbott (AP)
'I could name on one hand the things I've done that are Ok. The rest are rubbish'
What got you started?
I started as a hoofer and all-round chorus girl. I did my first ballet lesson when I was three, then trained as a dancer and went into pantomimes and summer seasons. Acting came later.
What was your big breakthrough?
Two things happened when I was 27. Firstly, I met [the comedian] Arthur Smith; he wrote some plays for me, which we performed in Edinburgh and London. Someone saw me in one of those, asked me to audition for Men Behaving Badly, and I got the job. I never expected my success to last: I was used to being mostly unemployed.
Can British television drama rival America's output?
I hope so. I love Us shows like Mad Men and Six Feet Under: the broad sweep, the risks they take, the fact they don't patronise their audience. »
- Laura Barnett
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