Bluegrass Icon Doug Dillard Passes
May 17, 2012 at 8:05 AM (PT)
Bluegrass icon DOUG DILLARD passed away last night (5/17) after being rushed to a NASHVILLE hospital. He was 75.
DOUG first found fame on “The ANDY GRIFFITH Show” where his band THE DILLARDS played the part of, THE DARLINGS. Those appearances gave bluegrass music a huge audience, and helped bluegrass stand on its own during the “rock and roll invasion.”
DILLARD is also known for his work outside of the bluegrass realm. He played and recorded with many Country greats in the 1960’s on. He was heavily influenced by EARL SCRUGGS, and ultimately influenced new players, such as STEVE MARTIN.
THE DILLARDS are also enshrined in the IBMA HALL OF FAME.