Arthur Smith, a multi-instrumentalist whose song "Feudin' Banjos" later became known as the popular "Dueling Banjos," has died. He was 93.
According to the Charlotte Observer, Smith, a Charlotte, N.C., resident, passed away April 3 of natural causes, just two days after his 93rd birthday.
Given the moniker "Guitar Boogie" to differentiate him from Fiddlin' Arthur Smith after hitting gold with a song of the same name in 1945 (the tune was played by a young Paul McCartney in his Liverpool audition for what later became the Beatles), Smith wrote "Feudin' Banjos" 10 years later as a banjo instrumental. The composition later famously appeared in the 1972 film "Deliverance," for which Smith was not properly credited -- leading to a lawsuit that eventually yielded him royalties and a songwriting credit.