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Who Jerry Scoggins
What Jerry Scoggins, 93; sang theme of 'The Beverly Hillbillies'
When December 10, 2004
Where Westlake Village, CA

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 'bout a man name Jed/ poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed/ then one day he was shooting for some food/ and up through the ground come a bubblin' crude," was written by Paul Henning.

Mr. 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

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