Earl Eugene Scruggs, born in 1924 in North Carolina, is the creator of a virtuoso three-finger banjo-picking style that is a classic component of bluegrass music. Scruggs won a Grammy in '69 for the instrumental of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown." Artist and song were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame together in '91.
Scruggs received the National Medal of the Arts in 2001 and another Grammy for the '01 recording of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" with comic Steve Martin on second banjo. In '03, he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.