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Born in Clinton, South CarolinaArthur Smith was a textile mill worker who became a celebrated and respected country music instrumental composer, guitarist, fiddlerand banjo player. One of his early hits was the instrumental " Guitar Boogie ," which he wrote and recorded in It sold over three million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. It was recorded by numerous other musicians, including Tommy Emmanueland became known around the world. Virtue served in the Navy with Smith and counted him as a major influence.
Smith was also noted for his "Feudin' Banjos"which was also recorded by Lester Flatt. It was revived as " Dueling Banjos " and used as a theme song in the popular film, Deliverance Released as a single, it became a hit, played on Top 40, AOR, and country stations alike. His father was also a music teacher, and led a brass band in Kershaw, South Carolina.
Arthur, along with his brothers Ralph and Sonny, formed a Dixieland combo, the Carolina Crackerjacks, who appeared briefly on radio in Spartanburg, South Carolina. They had limited success with their jazz format, and became more popular as a country music group.
He was joined in his recording career by his brothers, wife Dorothy and vocalist Roy Lear. Smith emceed part of the first live television program broadcast in by the new television station, WBTVin Charlotte. His own The Arthur Smith Show was the first country music television show to be syndicated nationally; it ran for 32 years in 90 markets coast to coast. They had a daily early-morning variety program, Carolina Callingwhich was carried on the CBS-TV network as a summer-replacement during the s.
This increased Smith's national visibility. Unusually for a country music band, his band relied on tight arrangements with Dragonbreed - Suidakra - The Arcanum "charts" for most of their music.
He was from the same mold as Doc Watson and Andy Griffith. He enjoyed the genial tradition of being a Southern gentleman. He relished that. InSmith composed a banjo instrumental he called "Feudin' Banjos," and recorded the song with five-string banjo player Don Reno.
Later the composition was performed in the popular film Deliveranceretitled " Dueling Banjos " and played by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel. It was released as a single becoming a major hit: played on Top 40, AOR, and country stations alike. This was considered a landmark copyright infringement suit.
A portion of his Crackerjacks group sang and recorded gospel music under the moniker the Crossroads Quartet. In Charlotte, Smith founded in the first commercial recording studio in the Southeast.
It was later ranked as "No. Billy Graham 's Hour of Decision radio program was first produced in Smith's studio. Smith also produced and hosted his own Guitar Boogie - Arthur Smith - Arthur (Guitar) Smith And Voices program, Top of the Morningwhich was syndicated for an unbroken span of 29 years.
In the s, Smith produced a weekly, minute videotaped program syndicated in more than 90 TV markets at Guitar Boogie - Arthur Smith - Arthur (Guitar) Smith And Voices Sorongo - Escola De Samba Da Cidade E Paulinho E Sua Bateria - Batucada. He produced radio and television shows for a number of other artists, including Johnny Cash, who had become a friend, and gospel singer George Beverly Shea.
As of fallSmith was retired. His extensive publishing interests, Lets Dance - The Cats - Greatest Hits Of The Cats - Vol 1 And 2 company, and management business are managed by his son, Clay Smith. He returned to his family business with his father in Smith died at his home on April 3,two days after his 93rd birthday.
Producer Fred Foster gave the eulogy. The service ended with a rendition of "Guitar Boogie" performed by a band full of guitarists, including Smith's nephews Tim and Roddy Smith. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other people named Arthur Smith, see Arthur Smith disambiguation. The Charlotte Observer.
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