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Earl Scruggs remembered for banjo excellence

Flowers are placed on the Star along Hol


Flowers are placed on the Star along Hollywood's Walk of Fame for musician Earl Scruggs.

Some 2,300 mourners attended Scruggs' public funeral at the Ryman Auditorium, where he played his songs for years on the Grand Ole Opry country music show and recorded his final album. The Academy of Country Music planned a tribute Sunday night at its annual awards show in Las Vegas.

The pioneering banjo player and his pickin' partner Lester Flatt, a guitarist, teamed for 20 years to become the most famous duo in bluegrass history. Scruggs, a four-time Grammy winner, died Wednesday at age 88.

Flatt and Scruggs were best known for their song "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" from "The Beverly Hillbillies" TV series. For many viewers, the hummable theme song was their first introduction to country music. Flatt died in 1979

Charlie Daniels, better known for his fiddle and guitar playing, told the mourners that when he was a young studio musician, Scruggs invited him to join the Earl Scruggs Revue.