Arthur Smith, a Charlotte-based country music radio and television host with a national audience, died April 3, 2014. Smith's two programs, "The Arthur Smith Show" and "Carolina Calling," kept Smith on the airwaves from 1951 until his retirement in 1982. Smith's programs featured numerous musicians and a variety of public figures including Andy Griffith, Vince Gill, Glen Campbell, Roy Clark, and Johnny Cash, as well as Bob Hope and Richard Nixon.
Smith was perhaps most famous for writing and recording "Feudin' Banjos." He later won a landmark copyright infringement case, when the song was renamed "Dueling Banjos" for the movie "Deliverance." Another song, "Guitar Boogie," influenced many country and rock & roll artists. Notable among these is Paul McCartney, who used the song in his audition for the group that would become the Beatles.
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