NC music legend Arthur Smith, ‘Dueling Banjos’ writer, 93, dies

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Arthur Smith (Image: WSOC)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Arthur Smith, a music legend and TV pioneer from Charlotte, died Thursday at the age of 93, according to WSOC-TV.

Smith gained national attention in 1955 after composing a banjo instrumental he called “Feudin’ Banjos.”  Later the composition appeared in the popular 1972 film “Deliverance” as “Dueling Banjos” played by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel.

Not given credit, Smith had to proceed with legal action that eventually gave him songwriting credit and back royalties. It was a landmark copyright infringement suit.

Smith was born in Clinton, S.C. on April 1, 1921 and was a textile mill worker who then became a well-respected country music instrumental composer.

Smith also had a major hit with the instrumental “Guitar Boogie” which earned him the moniker Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith.

He built and managed the first commercial recording studio in the Southeast in Charlotte.

Read more: WSOC-TV


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