1924: Earl Scruggs, the bluegrass banjo player whose playing style influenced generations of musicians, is born near the town of Boiling Springs, North Carolina. Scruggs, along with his guitarist partner Lester Flatt, helped shape the sound of 20th-century country music. Flatt & Scruggs, as they were known, were best known for two signature songs: "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" and "The Ballad of Jed Clampett." Scruggs also helped shape the "high, lonesome sound" of Bill Monroe, often referred to as the father of bluegrass, after joining Monroe's band, the Blue Grass Boys, in 1945. Scruggs died of natural causes at the age of 88 on March 28, 2012.