Jerry Scoggins-"The Beverly Hillbillies"
From our friends at cnn.com:
'Beverly Hillbillies' theme singer dead
Jerry Scoggins was noted country musician
Friday, December 10, 2004 Posted: 8:08 AM EST (1308 GMT)
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Jerry Scoggins, who sang "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," which introduced the comical clan on "The Beverly Hillbillies," has died. He was 93.
He died at his home Tuesday of natural causes, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The song and the TV show premiered in 1962 and were instant hits. The CBS series starring Buddy Ebsen as Jed drew up to 60 million viewers at its peak and ran until 1971.
The ballad, which begins, "Come and listen to a story about a man name Jed/ a poor mountaineer who barely kept his family fed/ then one day he was shootin' for some food/ and up through the ground came a bubblin' crude," was written by Paul Henning.
Scoggins sang the lyrics while Nashville bluegrass stars Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs played guitar and banjo.
Scoggins came out of retirement to sing the theme again for a 1993 movie based on the TV series.
Scoggins' country and western trio, the Cass County Boys, was hired by Gene Autry for his Melody Ranch radio program in 1946. The group performed in 17 of Autry's movies.
The group, whose other members were John "Bert" Dodson and Fred Martin, also performed with Bing Crosby on television in the early 1950s.
The Cass County Boys were inducted into the Western Music Hall of Fame in 1996.
A memorial service is scheduled Friday.
In honor of his death I have changed the CITW remix a little bit to honor Jerry. Here is the special edition one time Beverly Hillbillies-Jerry Scoggins remix, sung to the theme for “The Beverly Hillbillies” of course.
Come and listen to a story about a man name Jerry
A poor balladeer, barely kept the Cass Boys fed
Then one day he was working on a tune
And then out came a song real soon
Music that is, bad TV, sitcom
Well the first thing you know old Jerry’s no millionaire
Mr. Drysdale said “Stay away from here.”
Said, “Elly Mae is where I want to be.”
So they unloaded the crap stayed in Beverly.
Hills that is, Redneck family, movie stars
Well now its time to say good bye to Jerry and all of his kin
And he would like to thank you for hearing him sing
You’re all invited to sing this song with me
Sing it all day long just because of me
Annoying that is. Hear the tune sing all day
Y’all come back now ya hear?