Arthur Smith, the “Dueling Banjos” Writer, Dies at 93

Arthur Smith, an outstanding and prolific guitarist who was credited with writing the iconic “Dueling Banjos” from the movie Deliverance, died Thursday (April 3) at age 93, as first reported in The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer. His most legendary composition was the 1945 sizzling instrumental called “Guitar Boogie,” which influenced such future guitarists as Glen Campbell, Roy Clark and Eric Clapton. He was often nicknamed “Guitar Boogie” because of the piece.

Arthur became equally famous for taking on Warner Bros. studios after his novelty song “Feuding Banjos” turned up uncredited as “Dueling Banjos” in the hit movie Deliverance. He filed a lawsuit and won a large settlement.

He grew up in North Carolina and hosted a syndicated music program called The Arthur Smith Show, which ran in the late 1950s and 1960s.

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