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Obit: Eric Weissberg (1939-2020)

Joe Offer 22 Mar 20 - 11:35 PM
cnd 23 Mar 20 - 12:18 AM
GUEST,henryp 23 Mar 20 - 04:58 AM
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Subject: Obit: Eric Weissberg (1939-2020)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Mar 20 - 11:35 PM

I saw on Facebook that there was unverified information that Eric Weissberg had died. His Wikipedia Page says he died today, March 22. Haven't found any details yet.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Eric Weissberg (1939-2020)
From: cnd
Date: 23 Mar 20 - 12:18 AM

That's a shame, that man was a hell of a banjo player.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Eric Weissberg (1939-2020)
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 23 Mar 20 - 04:58 AM

He played a great, great role in folk music. I'm so sorry, that's a great loss.

We saw him in New York accompanying Tom Paxton. Tom let him play Duelling Banjos, of course. He turned to Tom and said, Do you think you can keep up? Tom made a valiant effort!

His wife came from Worthing, England. In summer they would tour England by motorbike.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Eric Weissberg (1939-2020)
From: GUEST, henryp
Date: 23 Mar 20 - 05:25 AM

Here he is with Judy Collins and, I think, Chuck Israels.

Turn Turn Turn 1966


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Subject: RE: Obit: Eric Weissberg (1939-2020)
From: GUEST,Hootennanny
Date: 23 Mar 20 - 06:12 AM

Not just a hell of a banjo player but an excellent multi instrumentalist.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Eric Weissberg (1939-2020)
From: GUEST,Jerry
Date: 23 Mar 20 - 07:16 AM

That’s sad. He did as much as Earl Scruggs did in inspiring a whole generation of banjo players, but in his case in the melodic and chromatic style.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Eric Weissberg (1939-2020)
From: voyager
Date: 23 Mar 20 - 10:53 AM

Deliverance (RIP) to Eric Weissberg


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Subject: RE: Obit: Eric Weissberg (1939-2020)
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 23 Mar 20 - 05:56 PM

He's very much missed.

"New Dimensions In Banjo and Bluegrass" is amazing. I've owned it in vinyl since it came out.

Has anyone digitized it? I've owned the vinyl for a million years and would kill (figuratively, FIGURATIVELY!) to have it on CD. I search every so often, but no joy.

(Whereas I've found a couple other impossible to find LPs on CD via Korea and Japan — the Topic LP -- Fisher Family -- came with the cover being a reduction of the LP jacket but with a Japanese insert and edge overlay. And I found "The Great Metropolitan Steam Band" available from Korea.)

Linn


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Subject: RE: Obit: Eric Weissberg (1939-2020)
From: GUEST,Starship
Date: 23 Mar 20 - 06:18 PM

BG: Here it is on YouYube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Rf7Lo-4kt4


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Subject: RE: Obit: Eric Weissberg (1939-2020)
From: Felipa
Date: 23 Mar 20 - 06:48 PM

I first became aware of Weissberg as a musician doing backup for the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem


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Subject: RE: Obit: Eric Weissberg (1939-2020)
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 23 Mar 20 - 07:50 PM

This is the first recording listed on his Wikipedia page.

The Boys Won't Leave the Girls Alone (The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Maken, 1962)
Rothsea-O Banjo – Eric Weissberg
South Australia Banjo – Eric Weissberg


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Subject: RE: Obit: Eric Weissberg (1939-2020)
From: PHJim
Date: 24 Mar 20 - 01:12 AM

I first saw him at McMaster University in the early sixties. He was playing banjo and guitar with the Tarriers who were guests on Oscar Brand's TV show Let's Sing Out.
I later saw him at the 1964 Mariposa Folk Festival as the bass player for the Greenbriar Boys.
sometime in the sixties I bought his and Marshall Brickman's "New Dimensions In Banjo & Bluegrass and that was my introduction to melodic banjo playing as well as my introduction to Clarence White's guitar playing.
When the movie Deliverance came out, someone gifted me with the sound track LP. When I listened to it, it sounded really familiar ( except for the Dueling Banjos cut). I realised that it was the New Dimensions album with one extra cut added and a new picture and title on the cover.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Eric Weissberg (1939-2020)
From: GUEST,Jerry
Date: 24 Mar 20 - 04:54 AM

I think there were two extra cuts on the Deliverance album (End of Dream?) but it wasn’t actually a soundtrack album really, was it? (unless there was no other music in the film/movie). However, the earlier album certainly deserved a reissue, even though only Eric’s playing can be heard in the movie.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Eric Weissberg (1939-2020)
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 24 Mar 20 - 09:22 AM

I've got Erics CD ' Deliverence ' and what a brilliant musician he was, apart from the banjo, he was a brilliant mandolin player too.


Dave H


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Subject: RE: Obit: Eric Weissberg (1939-2020)
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 24 Mar 20 - 05:14 PM

A very talented man. I have added his name to the "In Memoriam" thread. My condolences to his friends and family.

RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Eric Weissberg (1939-2020)
From: pdq
Date: 24 Mar 20 - 10:49 PM

"Dueling Banjos" and "End of a Dream" replace "No Title Yet Blues" and "Black Rock Turnpike."

Several changes in the order of the songs. CD is on eBay for about $4-5.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Eric Weissberg (1939-2020)
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 25 Mar 20 - 05:05 AM

Eric Weissberg wrote; I hope to set the record straight concerning incorrect/incomplete writer credits on records I’ve made: the “soundtrack” recording of “Dueling Banjos”, and the incorrectly labeled “Deliverance Soundtrack” album, originally recorded as the album “New Dimensions in Banjo and Bluegrass” by Marshall Brickman and myself in 1962, and released in 1963.

A number of truly wrong things happened here. The new company, WB, which should have known better, perpetuated incorrect credits. They had eliminated Marshall’s great liner notes (in them he does mention that “Shuckin’ the Corn” is by Scruggs), and not corrected the credits. In fact they added “Dueling Banjos” (where did that title come from?) and “End of a Dream” to the list of incorrect credits.

Also gone was the information about which of us was playing lead banjo on which tunes, who took which banjo breaks on the double banjo tunes and who was playing what when not playing banjo. The two tunes removed were “No Title Yet Blues” written by me, and “Black Rock Turnpike” by Marshall. They chose to leave on two public domain tunes for which they would not have to pay royalties., and remove two for which they would have had to pay us royalties for thirty years and a couple million albums.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Eric Weissberg (1939-2020)
From: clueless don
Date: 25 Mar 20 - 07:03 AM

I believe he did the banjo work on Billy Joel's original recording of "Travellin' Prayer". Nice stuff!

RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Eric Weissberg (1939-2020)
From: GUEST,Jerry
Date: 25 Mar 20 - 10:11 AM

I’ve not read that explanation by Eric before, but yes that figures; why do record companies treat their artistes so badly?


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