Memorable Moments in Movies: Dueling Banjos in Deliverance


Perhaps no more famous a music scene in movie history than this one.   For those of you who are too young to have seen this movie I highly recommend that you do.   It’s not only a crazy film but well…yeah it’s a crazy film.

Put it this way, you’ll never, ever want to go down river on a camping trip after seeing this movie.   In any event, this scene is clearly one of the best if not most famous from the movie.  Here’s a Wikipedia description of the scene…..

In Deliverance, a scene depicts Billy Redden playing it opposite Ronny Cox, who joins him on guitar. Redden plays “Lonnie”—a mentally challenged inbred, but extremely gifted banjo player. (Redden could not actually play the banjo. A local musician, Mike Addis, reached around from behind Redden; this was disguised using careful camera angles. Two young musicians, Ron Brentano and Mike Russo, had originally been signed to play their adaptation for the film, but instead it was performed by the others.

“Dueling Banjos” was arranged and performed for the film by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell and was included on its soundtrack.When he was not acknowledged as the composer by the filmmakers, Smith sued and eventually won, receiving songwriting credit as well as royaltiesvia

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