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Eric Weissberg (August 16, 1939 – March 22, 2020) was an American singer, banjo player, and multi-instrumentalist, whose most commercially successful recording was his banjo solo in "Dueling Banjos," featured as the theme of the film Deliverance (1972) and released as a single that reached number 2 in the United States and Canada in 1973.

A member of the folk group the Tarriers for years, Weissberg later developed a career as a session musician. He played and recorded with leading folk, bluegrass, rock, and popular musicians and groups from the middle of the 20th century to its end. Weissberg continued to play at folk festivals until his death.

Partial list of sessions recordings

  • The Boys Won't Leave the Girls Alone (The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, 1962)
  • "Sunny's Gallery of Folk Songs" (Sunny Schwartz, 1963)
  • Fifth Album (Judy Collins, 1965)
  • Live At Newport (1959–1966) (Judy Collins)
  • Ballads From Deep Gap (Doc and Merle Watson, 1967) ′′ Bombs Over Puerto Rico (Jim & Ingrid Croce 1969)
  • The Good Book (Melanie, 1971)
  • Poems, Prayers & Promises (John Denver, 1971) Careful Man (Jim Croce 1973)
  • Portfolio (Richie Havens, 1973)
  • Rocky Mountain High (John Denver, 1973)
  • True Stories and Other Dreams (Judy Collins, 1973)
  • John Denver's Greatest Hits (John Denver, 1973)
  • Piano Man (Billy Joel, 1973)
  • Back Home Again (John Denver, 1974)
  • Blood on the Tracks (Bob Dylan, 1974)
  • Judith (Judy Collins, 1975)
  • Free Beer (Free Beer, 1975)
  • Sing Children Sing: Songs of the United States of America (UNICEF, 1977)
  • Final Exam (Loudon Wainwright III, 1978)
  • None But One (Jean Ritchie, 1981)
  • Cabbage Patch Dreams (Cabbage Patch Kids, 1984)
  • Little Creatures (Talking Heads, 1985)
  • The Wanderer (Kevin Rowland, 1988)
  • Album III (Loudon Wainwright III, 1990)
  • Heroes (Tom Paxton, 1992)
  • Judy Sings Dylan ... Just Like a Woman (Judy Collins, 1993)
  • Shameless (Judy Collins, 1994)
  • Take The Fifth (compilation; Bridget St John, 1995)
  • Other Voices Too (Nanci Griffith, 1998)
  • Live For The Record (Tom Paxton, 1999)
  • Times Like These (Rick Danko, 2000)
  • Live at Wolf Trap (Judy Collins, 2002)
  • Copper: Original Soundtrack (Brian Keane, 2013)
  • North Mountain Rambling (David Kraai, 2017)




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