In Memoriam: Country Stars We Lost in 2014

A pop-country icon and the International Ambassador of Country Music were just a few of the legendary singers who died in 2014

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Arthur Smith

Arthur Smith was one of the most revered country and bluegrass musicians of his time, but he found his biggest claim to fame in Hollywood. The South Carolina native wrote the unforgettable "Dueling Banjos," featured in a pivotal scene in the 1972 film Deliverance. Another instrumental, "Guitar Boogie" was a huge crossover hit in 1945 that has since been covered by everyone from Les Paul to Paul McCartney. His syndicated Arthur Smith Show featured guests ranging from Loretta Lynn to Richard Nixon, and ran for 32 years. In 1957, he opened the Southeast's first commercial recording studio in his adopted hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, renting it out to the likes of Earl Scruggs, Lester Flatt, the Statler Brothers and James Brown, who recorded the classic "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" there. Smith died in April at age 93.

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