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Randy Lynn Scruggs (August 3, 1953 – April 17, 2018) was a music producer, songwriter and guitarist. He had his first recording at the age of 13. He won four Grammy Awards and was twice named Musician of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards. He was the middle son of Earl Scruggs.

Randy Scruggs
In the studio from left to right.John Mceuen Tim Cooney Rodney Dillard Ricky Scaggs Jeff Hanna and Randy Scruggs.jpg
Scruggs (right) in 1996
Background information
Birth nameRandy Lynn Scruggs
Born(1953-08-03)August 3, 1953
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedApril 17, 2018(2018-04-17) (aged 64)
GenresCountry
Occupation(s)Music producer, songwriter, musician
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1970–2018

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CareerEdit

As a songwriter, Scruggs's credits include "We Danced Anyway", "Love Don't Care (Whose Heart It Breaks)", "Love Has No Right", "Don't Make It Easy for Me", "Chance of Lovin' You", and "Angel in Disguise".

Scruggs worked with many artists, including Michael Card, The Talbot Brothers, Waylon Jennings, George Strait and Emmylou Harris. His career began in 1970 with the release of All the Way Home, a collaboration with his older brother Gary. Scruggs recorded his debut solo LP Crown of Jewels in 1998. He played the electric bass on John Hartford's 1972 album Aereo-Plain.

In 1972, Scruggs released another album recorded with Gary: The Scruggs Brothers. Reviewing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau said: "Significant that two musicians so close to the Flatt-picking roots—though it ought to be remembered that their father is an entertainer, not a mountaineer—have put together such a doleful-sounding country-rock band in the face of the good-time sippin'-that-wine stuff the more famous guys are selling."[1]

In 1994, Scruggs teamed with Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson to contribute the song "Keep on the Sunny Side" to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Country produced by the Red Hot Organization.

Scruggs died after a short illness on April 17, 2018 at the age of 64.[2][3]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Title Album details
All The Way Home (Original title: Second Generation Scruggs)
The Scruggs Brothers
  • Artist: Gary and Randy Scruggs
  • Released: 1972
  • Label: Vanguard Records
Crown of Jewels

SinglesEdit

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
[4]
1998 "It's Only Love" (with Mary Chapin Carpenter) 67 Crown of Jewels

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: S". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 12, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  2. ^ Oermann, Robert (2018). "Award Winning Randy Scruggs Passes". MusicRow. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  3. ^ Betts, Stephen L. (April 18, 2018). "Randy Scruggs, Award-Winning Musician and Songwriter, Dead at 64". Rolling Stone. ISSN 0035-791X. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 298. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8.

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