Lester Flatt And Earl Scruggs – Ballad Of Jed Clampet

Reached # 1on U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles, The song spent 20 weeks on the Billboard country singles charts, scoring a maximum of number one for three weeks and scored #44 on the Billboard Hot 100 during 1962.

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Cover LP 1963
Cover LP 1963
“The Ballad of Jed Clampett” was the theme song for The Beverly Hillbillies TV show and movie, providing the back story for the series. The song was written and composed by Paul Henning, and sung by Jerry Scoggins, who was accompanied by bluegrass musicians Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. When the theme was released as a single, Flatt sang lead vocals instead.



B-side “Coal Loadin’ Johnny”
Released November 26, 1962
Genre Bluegrass
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Paul Henning
Producer(s) Don Law Frank Jones





Lester Flatt And Earl Scruggs – Ballad Of Jed Clampet lyrics

Come and listen to a story ’bout a man named Jed
Poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed
Then one day he was shooting for some food,
And up through the ground come a bubbling crude
(Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea)
Well the first thing you know old Jed’s a millionaire
Kin folk said Jed move away from there
Said California is the place you oughta be
So they loaded up the truck and they moved to Beverly
(Hills that is, swimming pools, movie stars)
Well now it’s time to say goodbye to Jed and all his kin
They would like to thank you folks for kindly dropping in
You’re all invited back again to this locality
To have a heaping helping of their hospitality
(Beverly Hillbillies, that’s what they call ’em now,
Nice folks Y’all come back now, ya hear?)
Single The Ballad Of Jed Clampett Columbia 1962
Single The Ballad Of Jed Clampett Columbia 1962
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