'DUELING BANJOS" COMPOSER DIES AT 80

Mar 24, 2020

By Andy Johnson

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He was a gifted multi-instrumentalist who wrote theme songs for a number of movies but who will always be remembered for “Dueling Banjos” from he film “Deliverance…

Eric Weissberg’s melodic banjo work on the 1973 hit helped bring bluegrass music into the American cultural mainstream.

Weissburg also wrote the theme song to the 1967 film “Bonnie & Clyde” and the theme for “The Beverly Hillbillies” in 1962.

He played fiddle, mandolin and guitar and worked as a session musician on albums for John Denver, Bob Dylan and Judy Collins.

Eric Weissburg died in a nursing home near Detroit from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.  He was 80.

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