Label: Warner Bros. Records - BS 2683 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Canada • Genre: Folk, World, & Country • Style: Bluegrass, Folk
Eric Weissberg born August 16, is an American singer, banjo player, and multi-instrumentalistbest known for playing solo in " Dueling Banjos ," featured as the theme of the film Deliverance and released as a single that reached number 2 in the United States and Canada in A member of the folk group, the Tarriers, for years, Weissberg later developed a career as a session musician.
He has played and recorded with leading rock and popular musicians and groups of the late 20th century. Weissberg continues to play at folk festivals. Public folk-singing in that park was forbidden by the city except for Sunday afternoons. John Herald the lead singer played guitar.
Bob Yellin played guitar and 5-string. Weissberg usually played 5-string but also fiddle. Paul Prestopino played mandolin.
Weissberg joined an early version of the Greenbriar Boys —59but left before they made any recordings. He joined The Tarriersreplacing Erik Darling. At the time, the Tarriers had had a hit with " Banana Boat Song "; Harry Belafonte 's version, released soon afterward, became a bigger hit.
Weissberg was taken on as a string-bass player, but the group soon made use of his multi-instrumental talents as banjo player, fiddler, guitaristmandolin player, and Sizzla - Free Up. He started performing with the Tarriers while still a student at Juilliard.
Inhe had one-year's service with the National Guardwhich he had earlier joined. After his return, the Tarriers re-formed. Inthe group accompanied Judy Collins on a tour of Poland and Russiabut Eric Weissberg And Steve Mandel* - Dueling Banjos: From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Deli soon after.
Collins was sufficiently impressed with his musicianship to use Weissberg as a session musician on Fifth Album and several later albums. Commercially, interest in acoustic folk groups was waning. He is well known for playing the banjo solo in " Dueling Banjos ", used as the theme in the film Deliveranceproduced by Joe Boyd and directed by John Boorman. It was released later as a single and became a hit; playing on Top 40, AOR, and country stations alike.
Also a screenwriter, Brickman later received an Oscar for Annie Hall. They removed two tracks from the album and added the track for "Dueling Andy Williams - Andy Williams Big Hits releasing it under the new name. Warner Brothers was sued by Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smiththe composer of "Feudin' Banjos", which he had written and recorded in It was renamed as "Dueling Banjos" in the movie.
He won a "substantial settlement,"  which included appended film credit for the song and a portion of royalties.
Continuing to play folk festivals, Weissberg is nearly as well known in that venue for his dobro guitar as for his bluegrass banjo playing. He has also recorded with jazz musicians Herbie Mann and Bob James. He often tours with Tom Paxton. They frequently play a variant of " Dueling Banjos " in the set, in addition Eric Weissberg And Steve Mandel* - Dueling Banjos: From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Deli Paxton's material.
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