NC banjo mas­ter Scruggs fea­tured as Google Doo­dle

The Charlotte Observer - - Front Page - BY BRUCE HEN­DER­SON

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He’s been dead six years years now, but North Carolina-born banjo mas­ter Earl Scruggs found a new au­di­ence of mil­lions on Fri­day.

Google fea­tured Scruggs as a Google Doo­dle, the im­ages that reg­u­larly mark special oc­ca­sions on the search en­gine site. Scruggs would have turned 95 last Sun­day, and Fri­day is the fifth an­niver­sary of the Earl Scruggs Cen­ter in Shelby.

The Doo­dle de­picts Scruggs in a red jacket and white hat hold­ing a banjo, with an an­i­mated in­set that shows the three­fin­ger pick­ing style that Scruggs made fa­mous. A click on the Doo­dle brings up search re­sults about Scruggs.

“It re­ally cap­tures the essence of Earl, es­pe­cially de­pict­ing his hands play­ing the banjo,” said Scruggs Cen­ter ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Mary Beth Martin.

Google con­tacted the cen­ter about a month ago to seek per­mis­sion to post a de­pic­tion of Scruggs, Martin said. The cen­ter’s Twit­ter ac­count has blown up with shared tweets about the Doo­dle, she said, in­clud­ing one by co­me­dian and skilled banjo player Steve Martin.

Born in the Cleve­land County com­mu­nity of Flint Hill, a few miles from Shelby, Scruggs joined Bill Mon­roe and his Blue Grass Boys in 1945, be­com­ing part of the sem­i­nal band in what came to be called blue­grass mu­sic. Scruggs later teamed with gui­tarist and singer Lester Flatt in a band that was widely pop­u­lar in the 1950s and 1960s.

Flatt and Scruggs, and blue­grass, reached a na­tion­wide au­di­ence when the band recorded the theme song to the 1960s TV show “The Bev­erly Hill­bil­lies.” The ban­jo­driven tune “Foggy Moun­tain Break­down” was fea­tured in the sound­track of the 1967 film “Bon­nie and Clyde.”

The Scruggs Google Doo­dle will be seen by on­line searchers in the United States, in­clud­ing Alaska and Hawaii, Google said. It will also join an on­line ar­chive where, Martin said, “Earl’s Google Doo­dle will al­ways live there.”

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