Celebrating the life of Louise Scruggs (1927 – 2006)
Anne “Louise” Certain Scruggs was a woman ahead of her time. When she began managing Flatt & Scruggs in 1955, the role of a professional manager was a new concept. As a woman in a high-powered business position, Scruggs’ work molded an example for an entire profession.
Scruggs understood the importance of “branding” long before it was recognized as a common business strategy. She had Flatt & Scruggs classified as country music rather than bluegrass to avoid being passed over by some stations and to increase their radio play. In was Louise who hired the artist Thomas B. Allen to create original covers for seventeen of Flatt & Scruggs’ albums, giving them a distinctive look that could be recognized right away.
In 2007, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum established the Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum to “honor a music industry leader who represents the legacy of pioneer Louise Scruggs.” She was also inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2010.