Jerry Scoggins, who sang “The Ballad of Jed Clampett,” for the television series
The Beverly Hillbillies, died on December 7. He was 93. Scoggins sang the lyrics
while bluegrass stars Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs played guitar and banjo. He
came out of retirement to sing the theme again for a 1993 movie based on the TV
series. As a young man, Scoggins sang with the Cass County Boys, a
country-Western trio, who were hired by Gene Autry for his Melody Ranch radio
program in 1946 and performed in 17 of Autry’s movies. Later in life, Scoggins
became a stockbroker, but continued performing on the weekends, at local senior
centers and hospitals, well into his 80s.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.