Once again, The Vinyl Word raises a glass to two more musicians who have died.
Arthur 'Guitar Boogie' Smith was 93 and earned his nickname with Guitar Boogie, a 1948 US hit record that was one of the most influential of pre rock and roll guitar instrumentals. The number was later covered by The Virtues and Bert Weedon as Guitar Boogie Shuffle. In 1955 he wrote a number called Feudin' Banjos which was featured uncredited as Duellin' Banjos in the 1972 film Deliverance. Smith won a landmark legal battle for back royalties. He was a prolific songwriter in the country field, set up a recording studio in Charlotte and also produced TV and radio shows for many years. His band the Crackerjacks included Mel Tillis and George Hamilton IV among its members at various times. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lQ9VbO-m-I