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Musical pioneer Arthur Smith passes on
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith, of "Feuding (Dueling) Banjos" fame, has passed away at age 93.
Born in Clinton, South Carolina, April 1, 1921, Smith was a country/rockabilly/bluegrass musical legend and host of the Arthur Smith Show for many years. He built the first commercial recording studio in Charlotte, North Carolina, which was the site of various projects including the recording of James Brown's "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag", and the early Billy Graham "Hour of Decision" broadcasts. In addition, Smith created and produced radio and television shows for Johnny Cash, George Beverly Shea, Richard Petty, and various others. In the 70s, he produced a weekly syndicated TV show in as many as 90 markets.
He held over 500 composing copyrights, and his songs were recorded by such artists as Willie Nelson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins, Glen Campbell, The Stamps, and many, many others.
Arthur Smith, R.I.P., April 3, 2014.
An example of Smith's early work with his group, the Crackerjacks.
This is particularly awesome, IMO.
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