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    Arthur Smith in 1945.
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    Arthur Smith in the Navy, 1945.
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    Arthur Smith and his Crackerjacks.
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    Arthur Smith, center, Brother Ralph Smith left, brother Sonny Smith and Tommy Faile during a live performance in 1949.
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    Country singer Tommy Faile (2nd FROM RIGHT) with Arthur Smith & his Crackerjacks.
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    Arthur Smith (left) and Andy Griffith on the set of "The Arthur Smith Show" in 1973.
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    Charlotte's Arthur Smith (left) was among those who gathered in Montreat in 1997 to pay tribute to George Beverly Shea. Shea, known for his work on Billy Graham's crusades, was honored for his many years in gospel music.
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    Maurice Williams and Arthur Smith at "Carolina Calling" in 2002 at Spirit Square.
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    Arthur Smith (left) and Larry Sprinkle of WCNC-TV at the Charlotte Music Awards in 2007 at Ovens Auditorium. When Smith received his Lifetime Achievement Award at the awards show, he was introduced by Sprinkle, his longtime friend.
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    Music and TV pioneer Arthur Smith and his wife, Dorothy (seated at lower left) are surrounded by their family backstage at the Charlotte Music Awards. Smith received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony in 2007. He wrote two songs that are among the best selling of all time in the instrumental genre: "Dueling Banjos" and 1948 classic "Guitar Boogie." His former Arthur Smith Studios on Morehead Street is where James Brown recorded "Papa's Got A Band New Bag." And "The Arthur Smith Show," which aired from 1951 to 1982, was the first syndicated country music show.
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    Arthur Smith with Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.
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    Arthur Smith, right, playing his guitar along with June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash.
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    Arthur Smith (right) with Chet Atkins (left) and Clay Smith (center).
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    Arthur Smith
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    Arthur Smith
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    Arthur Smith (left).
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    A flyer advertising Arthur Smith and the Crackerjacks.
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    Arthur Smith (center right).
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    CHarles Crutchfield, program director of WBT Radio, wrote a letter recommending Arthur Smith, calling him "the finest all around radio musician and entertainer we've ever employed...'. 1945.
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    Arthur Smith
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    Arthur Smith
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    Arthur "Banjo Boogie" Smith with "Quackerjack" at WBTV.
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    Arthur Smith
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    Arthur Smith (right)
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    Arthur Smith
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    Bob Hope on stage with Arthur Smith at Grandfather Mountain.
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    Arthur Smith with son Clay at Grandfather Mountain.
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    Arthur Smith and wife Dorothy Smith with Franklin Graham,
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    Arthur Smith (seated) with (L to R) daughter Charlene Smith, Franklin Graham, son Clay Smith, and wife Dorothy Smith.
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    Arthur Smith and family with gospel singer George Beverly Shea.
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    Arthur Smith with Pat Boone.
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    Arthur Smith with Roy Orbison.
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    A Christmas card from Arthur and Dorothy Smith.
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    Arthur Smith (right) with Roy Clark (center) and Ralph Smith (left).
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    Arthur Smith filming a fishing program.
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    Arthur Smith at the Southern Governor's Conference.
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    Arthur Smith with Rev. Billy Graham.
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    Arthur Smith in victory lane with Darrell Waltrip. Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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    Arthur Smith, "Singing on the Mountain" at Grandfather Mountain.
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    Arthur Smith and Andy Griffith.
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    Arthur Smith performed with the the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in 1962.
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    Arthur Smith meets President Richard M. Nixon in August of 1971.
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    Arthur Smith had the BMI Song of the Year in 1973 with "Dueling Banjos." From left are Ron Anton, Mrs. Thea Zavin, E.M. Cramer, Fred Foster and Arthur Smith.
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    Arthur Smith and wife Dorothy with then Governor of South Carolina Mark Sanford.
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    The logo of the Arthur Smith Tournaments.
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    Three generations of Smiths, from left, Arthur Smith, grandson Scott Smith and son Clay Smith.
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    Arthur Smith with Earl Scruggs, lower right, at the home of Johnny Cash.
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    From left are Ida Friday, her husband Dr. William C. Friday, Mary Easley, Arthur Smith and his wife, Dorothy, at bottom.
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    Betty Ray McCain and Arthur Smith.
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    Arthur Smith and North Carolina Governor Bob Scott.
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    From left, Ida Friday, husband Dr. William C. Friday, Governor Mike Easley and Hugh Morton.
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    Arthur Smith and wife Dorothy in 1989.
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    John H. Williams , CEO of The Williams Companies, an Arthur Smith.
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    Country music's Ricky Van Shelton and Arthur Smith.
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    Hugh and Julia Morton with Arthur Smith.
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    Arthur Smith and Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson. Richardson inscribed the photo, "Arthur, Thank you for your friendship."
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    Arthur Smith
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