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Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown
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
The Number-One Banjo Player
  • Tom Goldsmith
  • Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown
  • 15 September 2019
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
Recording “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”
  • Tom Goldsmith
  • Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown
  • 15 September 2019
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
British Diplomatic Attitudes towards Europe, 1801–4Ignorant and Indifferent?
ABSTRACT Recent decades have seen a rehabilitation of the reputation of Henry Addington's and Lord Hawkesbury's foreign policy during the course of the former's government, 1801–4. Nevertheless, the
Out to Follow Scruggs’s Path
  • Tom Goldsmith
  • Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown
  • 15 September 2019
Author Thomas Goldsmith introduces his quest to research the story of bluegrass banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs and that of his signature composition, “Foggy Mountain Breakdown.” Chapter describes visits
Main Street Plaza: An Ethical Perspective
Ethics is clearly not a science, but rather a broad reflection upon human actions and character. Ethics also examines institutions and how they work and ultimately asks: what is the right behavior?
Joining Bill Monroe
  • Tom Goldsmith
  • Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown
  • 15 September 2019
Earl Scruggs joined the Grand Ole Opry, the high-profile country-music radio show, in December 1945. Although some were skeptical that he’d fit in, Scruggs turned out to be a necessary counterpoint
The Duke of Wellington and British foreign policy, 1814-1830
This thesis is an examination of the diplomatic career of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington between 1814-30. The Duke’s significant contributions to foreign policy-making have been an area
“Like a Jackhammer”—How the Tune Works
  • Tom Goldsmith
  • Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown
  • 15 September 2019
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,
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