Public paying last respects to Earl Scruggs

Public paying last respects to Earl Scruggs

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Flowers are placed on the Star along Hollywood's Walk of Fame for musician Earl Scruggs on March 29 2012, in Hollywood, California. The US banjo legend from the 1950's who brought bluegrass to the masses and strummed to a hit TV show and movie in the 1960s, has died at 88, according to his son. Starting in the 1960's, Scruggs played alongside numerous music legends including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, the Byrds, Elton John, The Eagles' Don Henley and John Fogerty. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on April 1, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 1 at 7:04 PM

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.

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