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Charlotte’s Arthur Smith, who wrote ‘Dueling Banjos,’ died Thursday at 93
The Charlotte Observer ^ | April 3, 2014 | Joe DePriest

Posted on 04/04/2014 7:46:08 PM PDT by EveningStar

The kid from Kershaw, S.C., picked a guitar like his fingers were on fire. Hot licks flew from the instrument when Arthur Smith played – a wizard coaxing magic out of the strings.

In 1945, he wrote and recorded a sizzling instrumental that eventually hit the charts worldwide. “Guitar Boogie” would go on to influence generations of musicians, including Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Glen Campbell, Roy Clark. A young Paul McCartney played the Kershaw kid’s boogie in a tryout for a Liverpool band that became the Beatles.

Smith, who died Thursday at home at age 93, was a Charlotte-based entertainer with a national presence.

Music great, innovator, TV pioneer, successful businessman: He was important on many levels. The amiable Sunday school teacher with a honey-dipped Southern drawl also had a feisty side; he took on Warner Bros. after his novelty song “Feuding Banjos” turned up uncredited as “Dueling Banjos” in the 1972 movie “Deliverance.” Smith filed a lawsuit and won a substantial settlement.

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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: arthursmith; duelingbanjos; feudinbanjos; guitarboogie; obituary
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Arthur Smith - Guitar Boogie

Don Reno & Arthur Smith - Feudin Banjos (Dueling Banjos) (1955)

Dueling Banjos (HD)

1 posted on 04/04/2014 7:46:09 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Rest in Peace, memorable, great instrumental.


2 posted on 04/04/2014 7:47:47 PM PDT by BeadCounter (morning glory evening grace)
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To: EveningStar

RIP.


3 posted on 04/04/2014 8:07:46 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: EveningStar

Why, there were no banjos dueling in that last clip!!!

Just one banjo and a guitar!

hehe


4 posted on 04/04/2014 8:11:11 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: EveningStar

I played some of his records when I was a DeeJay 40 plus years ago.


5 posted on 04/04/2014 8:11:16 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: EveningStar

I played some of his records when I was a DeeJay 40 plus years ago.


6 posted on 04/04/2014 8:11:26 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: EveningStar

“Deliverance” was on just a few days ago. I watched it until the dueling banjos scene was over and switched channels.


7 posted on 04/04/2014 8:13:33 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: EveningStar

RIP.


8 posted on 04/04/2014 8:16:05 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: EveningStar

Bump for later delectation.


9 posted on 04/04/2014 8:20:30 PM PDT by Argus
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To: EveningStar
he took on Warner Bros. after his novelty song “Feuding Banjos” turned up uncredited as “Dueling Banjos” in the 1972 movie “Deliverance.” Smith filed a lawsuit and won a substantial settlement.

Arthur Smith told his Sunday School class a story about the lawsuit. The Warner Brothers lawyers tried to intimidate him by warning him that that he couldn't fight them because it would take too long and cost too much money. He told them, "Fellows, I think you'll find that I have enough money and I certainly have enough time."

Evidently, they thought he was a Southern hick with only a few nickels. He took them to the cleaners.

I only met him once at a wedding about ten years ago. He was showing his age then, moving rather slow, but still an affable, humble man.

10 posted on 04/04/2014 8:21:33 PM PDT by DeFault User
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To: EveningStar

Lucky man, he was able to stay at his home until he passed on. Doesn’t say if he had attendants, but I would presume someone that famous to those who know music, would have somebody living with him, ready to help.


11 posted on 04/04/2014 8:21:48 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: EveningStar


12 posted on 04/04/2014 8:23:51 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: EveningStar

he also gave a lot of his time and effort to promote sport fishing.. fished in quite a few of his King Mackerel tournaments.. thank you and God speed Arthur


13 posted on 04/04/2014 8:41:52 PM PDT by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: EveningStar

Thanks for posting this. I had never heard of him, but am very aware of his contributions. Incredible to know.

I hadn’t considered that there was someone who first wrote guitar boogie. :)

Here’s Tommy Emmanuel’s version:

http://goo.gl/1SnN9A


14 posted on 04/04/2014 8:51:50 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: EveningStar
My favorite version... Dueling Tubas by Martin Mull


15 posted on 04/04/2014 9:08:03 PM PDT by FXRP
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To: EveningStar

Here is another one you might like.

Orange Blossom Special by Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith - from 1945
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WudV2ajbgVA


16 posted on 04/04/2014 9:35:33 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: minnesota_bound

Thanks for posting that video of Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith. He passed away in 1971 and as you probably know, is not Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith. Jimmy Wakely was great too.


17 posted on 04/05/2014 1:05:31 AM PDT by cowpoke
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To: EveningStar

18 posted on 04/05/2014 3:29:21 AM PDT by fso301
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To: fso301

Ah, the young Bela Fleck.


19 posted on 04/05/2014 7:08:35 AM PDT by dmz
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To: EveningStar

BTTT


20 posted on 04/05/2014 7:52:17 PM PDT by Luigi Vasellini (End the political class.......TERM LIMITS NOW!!!!!!!!!!)
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