Thursday, December 09, 2004

BIT - O, THAT IS: The death has been announced of Country and Western singer Jerry Scoggins. Unusually for a country singer, Scoggins original career had been as a stockbroker; he'd been trading stock during the week and taking a back-up role to Gene Autry in the Cass County Boys. It had been looking like stockbroking would win out after Autry retired from singing when Scoggins was invited to record a theme song for a sitcom pilot. The programme got picked up, and Scoggins' introduction to The Beverly Hillbillies became a fixture on American TV. In 1996 the Western Music Association inducted the Cass County Boys into their Hall of Fame.

Jerry Scoggins died on Tuesday from natural causes, said his family. He was 93.

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