NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mourners have gathered in Nashville to pay last respects to bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs.
A public funeral was set for Sunday afternoon at the Ryman Auditorium, near a cluster of downtown honky-tonks where his music is still played. His plaque in the Country Music Hall of Fame is three blocks away.
Scruggs, a pioneering banjo player who teamed for 20 years with guitarist Lester Flatt, died Wednesday at age 88.
The Academy of Country Music planned a tribute Sunday night at its annual awards show in Las Vegas.
Flatt and Scruggs were best known for their song "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" from "The Beverly Hillbillies" TV series. Flatt died in 1979.