Arthur Smith died at 93 in Charlotte North Carolina last week. The obituary was long and his most famous song was Guitar Boogie which you can link to below,
but the following paragraph caught my eye;
In 1955, Rumble said Smith recorded “Feuding Banjos,” which featured the interplay of Smith’s tenor banjo with Don Reno’s 5-string banjo; the number became a popular bluegrass tune that was featured in the film “Deliverance” but giving no credit to Smith.
In 1992, “Dueling Banjos” was used in a commercial for Mitsubishi automobiles. Smith told the Observer this experience was much more pleasant than the one he’d had with “Deliverance.”
Although he didn’t disclose how much money he’d made from the movie lawsuit, Smith pointed to a picture of a 42-foot yacht on the wall of his office and noted Warner Bros. had bought the boat for him.