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Stephen A. Mandell, Grammy award-winning guitarist for "Dueling Banjos," dies

Stephen A. Mandell, Grammy award-winning guitarist for "Dueling Banjos," dies

Stephen A. Mandell, who shared a Grammy award with Eric Weissberg for their "Dueling Banjos" performance used in the 1972 movie "Deliverance," died March 14 from prostate cancer at his Owings Mills home. He was 76.

“Steve was the consummate professional and always fun to play music with,” said Marc Horowitz, a fellow musician and friend for 56 years. “He was always the lead singer when we had a bluegrass session. He had a good voice and solid rhythm.”

“He was a perfectionist when it came to playing bluegrass,” said Mr. Horowitz, of Staten Island, N.Y. “He was a traditionalist who did not like anything newfangled that came along. He liked Earl Scruggs and...

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