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This Week in Banjo History

9/21/1852 - James Ashborn of Wolcotville, CT receives a patent for an improved friction tuning peg, equivalent to about a 2:1 ratio. Read more....

9/24/1962 - Singer Jerry Scoggins, Lester Flatt, and Earl Scruggs record "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" which provides the back story for the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies. The song becomes an immediate country music hit and is played at the beginning and end of each episode. Read more....

9/21/1972 - Lynn Morris from Colorado wins 1st place at Winfield's first National Bluegrass Banjo contest. She will win it again in 1981. Read more....

9/26/1991 - Earl Scruggs in an inaugural inductee into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor along with Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt. Read more....

9/24/2012 - Mark Johnson wins the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Read more....

9/24/2012 - Mumford & Sons releases their second full-length album, "Babel". It debutes at number one on the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200 and becomes the fastest-selling album of 2012 in the UK, selling over 158,000 copies in its first week. It is also the biggest selling debut of any album in 2012 in the US, selling 600,000 in its first week, and over a million worldwide. Read more....

9/24/2013 - Alan Jackson releases "The Bluegrass Album." Read more....

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