Eric E. Weissberg

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Eric E. Weissberg

Birthplace: Brooklyn, Kings County, NY, United States
Death: March 22, 2020 (80)
Detroit, Wayne County, MI, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Weissberg and Frances Cecil Weissberg
Husband of Private
Father of Private

Occupation: Banjoist
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About Eric E. Weissberg

Bluegrass musician Eric Weissberg, whose cover of the Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith instrumental “Dueling Banjos” became an unlikely pop hit when it appeared on the soundtrack to the 1972 film Deliverance, died Sunday at the age of 80 after a five-year struggle with dementia. His son, Will Weissberg, confirmed the musician’s death to Rolling Stone.

“Eric Weissberg was a consummate musician, a solid and seemingly effortless player of stringed instruments of all kinds — banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, pedal steel, and string bass,” his lifelong friend and frequent collaborator Happy Traum wrote on Facebook. “Despite his prodigious talents and musical successes, he was humble, down-to-earth, and an easygoing companion with not a bit of artifice in him. He had many wonderful stories from his long career that he told in minute detail and with a twinkle of good humor that could keep you entertained for hours.”

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Eric E. Weissberg's Timeline

August 16, 1939
Brooklyn, Kings County, NY, United States
March 22, 2020
Age 80
Detroit, Wayne County, MI, United States