Thursday, April 10, 2014

Arthur Smith (1921--2014)

Arthur Smith Dies at 93; Wrote ‘Dueling Banjos’.  (The New York Times, 4/8/2014)

Getting his inspiration from piano boogie woogie.  “Guitar Boogie,” an instrumental with a deft solo released in the late 1940s, was his first major hit, recorded when he was 24 and serving in the Navy. The song, a precursor to the rock ’n’ roll of the coming decades, has been covered by musicians like Les Paul, Chuck Berry and Alvino Rey.

History South:  Arthur Smith

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