Bluegrass tune has become an underrated type of sound in country music. Although the two genres differ in many ways, it is undeniable that both still encompass each other.
Legendary bluegrass duo Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs have been one of the many great influencers of this type of music. In fact, they were already popular musicians when they released their iconic hit, “The Ballad of Jed Clampett.” Their most famous song, on the other hand, was “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” which was earlier released in1949. It was then used in many car chase movie sequences, most notably in the movie Bonnie and Clyde.
Relive Flatt & Scruggs’ brilliant performance of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” here:
“The Ballad of Jed Clampett”
One of the most iconic songs of the bluegrass duo, “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” first appeared to the masses as the theme song for The Beverly Hillbillies. It was a classic television series that debuted in 1962.
Furthermore, “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” gave the backstory for the television series. In fact, it was performed by Jerry Scoggins and accompanied by Flatt and Scruggs. When the theme song materialized as a single, Flatt took over the lead vocals. The duo’s recorded version has become the most familiar version to many.
To note, the song narrates the story about Jed Clampett’s former struggles and obstacles in life. Also, it talks about his life transitioning into a sudden shift in events. The main character, Jed, has a backyard discovery that makes him an instant millionaire – oil. Moreover, Jed then packs up his family of hillbillies and then takes them to Beverly Hills. With his endless amount of money, he and his family enjoy the luxury of fortune. Throughout its reign, the show provided countless laughs, relieving its audience’s bodies after every work.
Although the show ended in 1971, it has secured a total of seven Emmy nominations. Additionally, it has since then become a fan favorite. And after more than two decades, the show was turned into a movie to the pleasure of everybody especially its fans.
Watch Flatt & Scruggs render their iconic hit, “The Ballad of Jed Clampett:”
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