CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Arthur Smith, a Charlotte music legend, passed away Thursday at the age of 93.

Smith was born in Kershaw, South Carolina

In 1955, Smith composed a banjo instrumental he called Feudin' Banjos and recorded the song with five-string banjo player Don Reno. Later the composition appeared in the popular 1972 film Deliverance as Dueling Banjos played by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel.

Smith had to proceed with legal action that eventually gave him songwriting credit and back royalties. It was a landmark copyright infringement suit.

In the 1970s, Smith produced a weekly, 30-minute videotaped program syndicated in more than 90 TV markets at its peak. He produced radio and television shows for a number of other artists, including Johnny Cash, and gospel singer George Beverly Shea.

He was inducted into the N.C. Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

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