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Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain BreakdownThe Making of an American Classic$
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Thomas Goldsmith

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042966

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042966.001.0001

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Recording “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”

Recording “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”

(p.50) 8 Recording “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”
Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown

Thomas Goldsmith

University of Illinois Press

Flatt and Scruggs went into Herzog Studios in Cincinnati, Ohio, on December 11, 1949, to record his recently composed tune “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” the first instrumental recording for Flatt and Scruggs. E. T. (Bud) Herzog had started the studio a few years earlier, attracting name artists such as Patti Page and Hank Williams. Producer Murray Nash used the new medium of magnetic tape recording at the sessions, almost certainly using several microphones to achieve a widely praised sound. Nash, from the Midwest, had quickly gotten up to speed on the record industry, which was growing quickly following the end of the union ban on live recording and with the postwar growth of the economy.

Keywords:   Earl Scruggs, banjo, Lester Flatt, Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Herzog Studios, Murray Nash, Curly Seckler, Mercury Records, Tape recording, ET Herzog

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