Banjo Legend Doug Dillard Dies at 75

We are saddened to report yet the passing of another bluegrass great. The legendary Doug Dillard, one of the founding members of The Dillards has passed away Wednesday in a Nashville  after numerous hospitalizations recently. He was 75.

Here are the arrangements for the funeral of Doug Dillard.
9090 Highway 100
Nashville, TN 37221 
Phone: 615-646-9292 

Visitation: Weds., May 23, 2012 - 4:00 - 7:00 P.M. (Central time) 
Funeral Services: Thurs., May 24, - 1:00 P.M - same location 

Web site for Memories/condolences: www.afamilylegacy.com (available by Sunday, May 20, in the afternoon) 

Dillard, along with his brother Rodney, a cousin; Dean Webb and friend Mitch Jayne formed "The Dillards" and went to Hollywood in the early 1960's where they landed occasional guest rolls as the fictional Mountain Family Band "The Darlings" on TV's Andy Griffith show.

The Dillards are notable for being among the first bluegrass groups to have electrified their instruments in the mid-1960s. They are considered to be one of the pioneers of the burgeoning southern California folk rock, country rock and so-called progressive bluegrass genres, and are known to have directly or indirectly influenced artists such as The Eagles, The Byrds, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dan Fogelberg, Linda Ronstadt, Iain Matthews, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Elton John, Fairport Convention, The New Grass Revival, J. D. Crowe and the New South, Ricky Skaggs, The Seldom Scene, The Dixie Bee-Liners and numerous other.

A Grammy-nominated instrumentalist, Doug's distinctive banjo can also be heard on albums by everyone from Hoyt Axton, Johnny Cash, Arlo Guthrie and Linda Ronstadt to Kay Starr, Glen Campbell, the Monkees and the Beach Boys. In 2009, the Dillards were inducted into the IBMA's Bluegrass Hall of Fame.

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