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Moses Yoder
05-19-2014, 6:34 AM
Sometimes a song gets in my head. I was looking into "Dueling Banjos" and thinking about the movie "Deliverance" that made it popular. Funny, they used the song without permission in the film and got sued for it. Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith won the lawsuit and collected royalties. A friend has an antique player piano that uses the old rolls of music and I heard it play the "Dueling Banjos" song once, really something. "Dueling Banjos" was added to my Favorite Favorites list on Spotify this morning.

David C. Roseman
05-19-2014, 8:18 AM
Sometimes a song gets in my head. [snip].

Yep, and sometimes the song won't quit, at which point it qualifies as an earworm. More likely to happen with catchy songs with words, though. It can be pleasant...for awhile. I heard the term for the first time last year, and looked it up. There are actually suggested remedies online. :)


bob svoboda
05-19-2014, 11:48 AM
Interesting that in the movie, the 'Dueling Banjos' consisted of a banjo and a guitar....

Duane Meadows
05-19-2014, 12:07 PM
The original Aurthur Smith/Don Reno recording was done with twin banjos.

from Wiki... "Smith recorded it playing a four-string plectrum banjo and accompanied by five-string bluegrass (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluegrass_music) banjo player Don Reno (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Reno)".

If you like banjo, Reno is about as good as it gets! JMHO.

Ken Fitzgerald
05-19-2014, 12:39 PM
A lot of late deafened people like myself complain about earworms. I have a deaf FB friend who constantly mentions a song or lyrics from a song just to see how many of his friends will complain that he started an earworm.

Brian Kent
05-19-2014, 7:18 PM
I heard it played with a banjo and a harpsichord!

Mike Cutler
05-19-2014, 7:29 PM
Now that's a step back in time on memory lane.
As a young guitar player, still learning to play jazz and fusion, I happened to noodle around with that song one nite at home to warm up my hand.
My dad, in his usual laconic tone, remarked. "It's about time you played something that normal people could recognize."
I played Mason William's Classical Gas for him after that, but told him it was Baroque a Nova. he just looked at me and told me to go clean the garage.:eek:

I guess dad was no fan of those jazz arpeggio exercises that were tearing my hands apart.;)

Thanks for the memory Moses. It is and always has been a brilliant piece of music.

There used to be a You Tube video of Roy Clark playing Malaquena. What a guitar player!!!

Jim Matthews
05-19-2014, 7:36 PM
The only songs that stick in my head are advertisements for kid swag.
(The second reason we gave up broadcast TV.)

This pair of Swiss brothers are now carrying the torch for traditional American songs.
Below is a taste of something new, from my folks neck of the woods...


Bill Cunningham
05-19-2014, 8:11 PM
There used to be a You Tube video of Roy Clark playing jMalaquena. What a guitar player!!!
I was at a Roy Clark concert last year, he is still a great and versitle musician, but sadly time has caught up with him and his fingers are not as fast as they used to be. He now has another guitar player that travels with him that is almost as good as he was and can do all the stuff he used to, the most incredible was 'Under the Double Eagle'.. As former 5 chord Strummer, watching him do that piece was always a jaw dropping experience.

Stephen Musial
05-19-2014, 8:15 PM
And now for something completely different:

Hayseed Dixie (started out as a bluegrass cover band of AC/DC songs...) The banjo and mandolin players have a famous father named Reno...


Richard McComas
05-20-2014, 12:15 AM
I thought this was pretty good. Dueling Banjos played by a single person.