Duelin' Banjos
by Earl Scruggs
Piccolo - Digital Sheet Music

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Instrumental Duet,Piccolo,Tuba - Level 5 - Digital Download

SKU: A0.1366758

By Earl Scruggs. By Arthur Smith. Arranged by Cascia Talbert. Comedy,Country,Film/TV,Folk. 10 pages. Cascia Talbert #951086. Published by Cascia Talbert (A0.1366758).

"Dueling Banjos" is a bluegrass composition by Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith. The song was composed in 1954 by Smith as a banjo instrumental he called "Feudin' Banjos"; it contained riffs from Smith, recorded in 1955 playing a four-string plectrum banjo and accompanied by five-string bluegrass banjo player Don Reno. The composition's first wide-scale airing was on a 1963 television episode of The Andy Griffith Show called "Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bee", in which it is played by visiting musical family the Darlings (portrayed by The Dillards, a bluegrass group), along with Griffith himself.

The song was made famous by the 1972 film Deliverance, which also led to a successful lawsuit by the song's composer, as it was used in the film without Smith's permission. The film version was arranged and recorded by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell, but only credited to Weissberg on a single subsequently issued in December 1972. It went to second place for four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1973, behind Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly with His Song"; it topped the adult contemporary chart for two weeks. It reached No. 1 for one week on both the Cashbox and Record World charts. It reached No. 5 on Hot Country Singles. It was nominated for the 30th Golden Globe Awards as Best Original Song. The success of the single led to an album of the same name released in January 1973.

This instrumental makes use of the quoting of the first 12 notes of "Yankee Doodle".

This arrangement is for tuba and piccolo.

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