Singer of Beverly Hillbillies Theme Dies

Jerry Scoggins, the voice behind “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” on the Beverly Hillbillies, died Tuesday (Dec. 7) in Los Angeles. He was 93. Scoggins’ deep voice accompanied Lester Flatt on guitar and Earl Scruggs on banjo, with that familiar first line: “Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed.” He also sang the theme song for the 1993 film version of the show. The original series ran on CBS from 1962 to 1971. Scoggins was also a member of the Cass County Boys, who were closely associated with Gene Autry’s performing career.