Bluegrass Singer Jerry Scoggins Dies at 93

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.