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Tennessee native Lester Flatt, a vocalist and guitarist, and Earl Scruggs, a masterful banjoist, created bluegrass' most successful partnership when they left Bill Monroe's band in 1948. With Scruggs playing lead on five-string banjo and Flatt strumming rhythm guitar and singing, the two formed the Foggy Mountain Boys, securing their own radio show on Nashville's powerful WSM station. In the 1960s, mainstream America discovered Flatt and Scruggs thanks to "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," their theme song for the "Beverly Hillbillies" TV show, on which they frequently appeared in the 1960s. They also scored a hit with "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," the theme to the film Bonnie and Clyde. "Salty Dog Blues" was one of many Flatt and Scruggs numbers that helped popularize bluegrass on college campuses in the 1960s.

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