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Step It Up and GoThe Story of North Carolina Popular Music, from Blind Boy Fuller and Doc Watson to Nina Simone and Superchunk$
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David Menconi

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469659350

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469659350.001.0001

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Through the Airwaves

Through the Airwaves

Arthur Smith in Charlotte

(p.45) 3 Through the Airwaves
Step It Up and Go

David Menconi

University of North Carolina Press

Arthur Smith was a guitarist, bandleader and songwriter with a couple of standards to his name, “Guitar Boogie” and “Feudin’ Banjos.” But most of all, he was a multi-media genius who created a business empire in Charlotte based on his syndicated television show “Carolina Calling,” which aired for more than three decades. Everyone from Johnny Cash to Richard Nixon appeared on his show. Arthur Smith Enterprises also owned record labels, publishing companies, and the Charlotte recording studio where James Brown recorded “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” in 1965. When “Feudin’ Banjos” appeared in the 1972 movie “Deliverance” as “Dueling Banjos,” Smith sued and won.

Keywords:   Arthur Smith, Carolina Calling, Arthur Smith Enterprises, Dueling Banjos, James Brown, Recording studio, Charlotte

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