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Arthur Smith

Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith (not to be confused with Arthur Smith "Fiddlin' Arthur Smith") was a country musician and multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, bass and trumpet) who was born April 1, 1921 in Clinton, South Carolina and died April 3, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. His first group was the Carolina Crackerjacks (later called Arthur Smith And His Cracker-Jacks) a Dixieland combo which he formed with his brothers Sonny and Ralph. Arthur then moved to Charlotte, North Carolina and joined the WBT [i]Carolina Barndance[/i] live radio show and became an occasional member of the WBT Briarhoppers band. After WWII and leaving the Navy Arthur returned to WBT and got his own show called [i]Carolina Calling[/i], and in 1951 he got his own TV show on WBTV called [i]The Arthur Smith Show[/i], the first national country music show; it ran for 32 years in 90 markets nationwide. Smith opened and ran the first recording studio in Charlotte where he produced radio shows for Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins, Richard Petty, James Brown, George Beverly Shea and evangelist Billy Graham as well as his own show [i]Top of the Morning[/i] when ran for 29 years. He later produced television shows for Graham and Cash too. Arthur Smith has won the following awards. BMI Song of the Year Award 1973 for Dueling Banjos Grammy (Original Writter) - Dueling Banjos (1973) Council on International Nontheatrical Events - Golden Eagle Award (1980) The Gold Squirrel Award (Grand Prize – First Prize) Festival International Film & Adventura, Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy (1981) International Real Life Adventure Film Festival, 1st Place Award (1981) State of North Carolina Order of The Long Leaf Pine (1984) Southeast Tourism Society Award (1985) American Advertising Federation Silver Medal Award (1986) Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) Special Citation of Achievement (over 1 million broadcast performances of original compositions) The Broadcasters Hall of Fame – North Carolina Association of Broadcasters (1990) South Carolina Broadcasters Association (2006) South Carolina Hall of Fame (1998) North Carolina Folk Heritage Award (1998) North Carolina Award (2001) Legends Award – Western Film Festival 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award - South Carolina Broadcasters Association (2006) BMI Legendary Songwriter Award (2006).

Aliases: Guitar Boogie

Arthur Smith Discography

Albums
Arthur (Guitar) Smith And Voices (3 Versions) ABC-Paramount 1963       Track Listing
Blue Guitar (Vinyl) Starday Records 1963       Track Listing
The Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith Blues On Guitar Album (Vinyl) Starday Records 1963       Track Listing
Down Home With Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith (Vinyl) Starday Records 1964       Track Listing
Original Guitar Boogie (6 Versions) Dot Records 1964       Track Listing
Town And Country Guitar Hits (Vinyl) Starday Records 1965       Track Listing
Presenting Arthur *Guitar Boogie* Smith (Vinyl) Dot Records 1966       Track Listing
The Guitars Of Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith (2 Versions) Starday Records 1968       Track Listing
Death Driver (Vinyl) CMC Records 1975       Track Listing
Feudin' Again (Vinyl) CMH Records 1979       Track Listing
Jumpin' Guitar (Vinyl) Relaxed Rabbit Records 1985       Track Listing
Arthur 'Guitar Boogie' Smith Goes To Town With His Crackerjacks (3 Versions) Sparton 2099       Track Listing

Singles & EPs
I'm Wise To You / Has Anybody Seen Kilroy Here (Shellac) Super Disc 1946       Track Listing
Fingers On Fire (6 Versions) MGM Records 1947       Track Listing
Blue Moon Waltz / Listen To The Mocking Bird (Shellac) MGM Records 1951       Track Listing
Listen To The Mocking Bird / Blue Moon Waltz (Vinyl) MGM Records 1951       Track Listing
Tears Don't Always Mean A Broken Heart (Shellac) MGM Records 1951       Track Listing
Guitar Boogie (32 Versions) MGM Records 1955       Track Listing
Foolish Questions - Silly Answers (Vinyl) Starday Records 1962       Track Listing
Selected Recordings From Starday Albums SLP 173 / SLP 176 (Vinyl) Starday Records 1962       Track Listing
Psychoanalsis / What Is An American? (Vinyl) Starday Records 1963       Track Listing
Tie My Hunting Dog Down, Jed / Guitar Hop (3 Versions) Starday Records 1963       Track Listing
Master Of The Game (Duffer's Dream) / Travelin' Blues (2 Versions) Starday Records 1964       Track Listing
Guitar Unlimited / Summer Theme (Vinyl) Starday Records 1969       Track Listing
Battling Banjos Polka (3 Versions) Monument 1973       Track Listing
Just Joshin' (Vinyl) Monument Record Corp. 1973       Track Listing
Moods From Death Driver (Vinyl) Monument 1975       Track Listing
Under The Double Eagle / Guitar Boogie (2 Versions) Starday Records 1975       Track Listing
Everlasting Love / Guitar Boogie (Vinyl) Collectables 1982       Track Listing
Conversation With A Mule / Mandolin Boogie (Shellac) MGM Records       Track Listing
Favorite Recitations By Arthur Smith (Vinyl) Sardis       Track Listing
Freeze It Boogie / I Thought It Couldn't Happen To Me (Vinyl) MGM Records       Track Listing
Great Country & Western Hits (Vinyl) Dot Records       Track Listing
Hospitality Blues (Vinyl) Starday Records       Track Listing
Hot Rod Race (Shellac) MGM Records       Track Listing
I Like 'Lasses / Flat Top Hari Kari (Vinyl) Starday Records       Track Listing
Indian Boogie / Chicken Strut (Vinyl) MGM Records       Track Listing
Lady Of Spain (3 Versions) MGM Records 2099       Track Listing
Lynn's Gone (Vinyl) Starday Records       Track Listing
Memphis Blues / South (Vinyl) Starday Records       Track Listing
Nobody, Somebody, Nobody / All Night Blues (Vinyl) MGM Records       Track Listing
Redheaded Stranger / Sobbin' Women (Vinyl) MGM Records       Track Listing
South / Lady Of Spain (Shellac) MGM Records       Track Listing
The Memphis Blues / Beer Barrel Polka (Shellac) MGM Records       Track Listing

Compilations
One Good Boogie Deserves Another (CD) Jasmine Records 2000       Track Listing
The Golden Age Of Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith (CD) Cattle Records 2000       Track Listing

Miscellaneous
Plays Bach Bacharach Bluegrass & Boogie (Vinyl) Monument 1970       Track Listing
The Joe Maphis Flat-Picking Spectacular (2xVinyl) CMH Records 1981       Track Listing
The Other Side Of Sound (Vinyl) Not On Label       Track Listing
    

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