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Top musicians to perform at public memorial service for Charlotte-based entertainer Arthur Smith

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    PHOTOS COURTESY THE SMITH FAMILY - PHOTOS COURTESY THE SMITH FAMILY
    Arthur Smith performed with the the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in 1962.
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    Arthur Smith (right) with Chet Atkins (left) and Clay Smith (center).

Top musicians will perform Saturday at a public memorial service for Charlotte-based entertainer Arthur Smith, who died April 3 at age 93.

The noon program at Calvary Church will include Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV and Smith’s long-time record producer Fred Foster, who produced Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Larry Gatlin.

Also performing will be country music artist Keith Dudley and surprise guests. Smith’s family described them as young artists who grew up in the Charlotte area and are selling out arenas around the country.

Gospel singers The Dove Brothers will be there along with top Nashville musicians.

The focus will be on inspirational music written by Smith, who also composed “Guitar Boogie” and “Dueling Banjos” for the movie “Deliverance.”

The program also includes Wayne Martin, executive director of the North Carolina Arts Council.

Calvary Senior Pastor John Munro will deliver a message and WBT’s John Hancock will emcee.

Visitation begins at 10 a.m. The church is at 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte.

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