Famous Banjoists in History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1864-02-17 Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson, NSW Australia, poet (Waltzing Matilda)
  • 1896-01-17 Harry Reser, American banjo player and bandleader (Sammy Kaye Show), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1965)
  • 1915-06-17 Stringbean [David Akeman], American banjoist and comedian (Hee Haw), born in Annville, Kentucky (d. 1973)
  • 1932-02-17 Buck Trent, Spartanburg SC, banjoist/singer (Hee Haw)
  • 1934-02-13 George Segal, actor/banjo player (Carbon Copy, Fun with Dick & Jane)
  • 1938-06-16 Mickie Finn, Hugo Oklahoma, TV hostess/banjo player (Mickie Finn's)
  • 1939-08-16 Eric Weissberg, American singer and musician (Duelling Banjos), born in New York (d. 2020)
  • 1939-12-20 Bill Keith, American banjoist, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1940-11-17 Luke Kelly, Irish folk music singer and banjo player
  • 1948-01-03 Larry McNeeley, banjo player (Glen Campbell Hour), born in Lafayette, Indiana
  • 1955-07-29 "Country" Jem Finer, English banjo player (Pogues-Straight to Hell)
  • 1958-07-10 Béla Fleck, American banjo player, born in NYC, New York

Weddings in Music

  • 2016-10-15 Former "Glee" actress Dianna Agron (30) weds Mumford & Sons banjo player Winston Marshall (27) in Morocco

Deaths in Music

  • 1941-02-05 Banjo Paterson, Australian poet, author of "Walzing Matilda" (b. 1864)
  • 1965-09-27 Harry Reser, American banjo player and bandleader (Sammy Kaye Show), dies at 69
  • 1973-11-10 Stringbean, country singer/comedian/banjoist (Hee Haw), dies at 58
  • 1973-11-11 Stringbean [David Akeman], American banjoist and comedian (Hee Haw), dies at 58
  • 1994-03-13 Danny Barker, US banjo player/guitarist (Bourbon St Black), dies at 85
  • 1994-04-05 Roy Smeck, guitarist/banjoist, dies at 94
  • 1995-05-08 Carroll Best, bluegrass banjo, dies at 63
  • 1998-02-19 Grandpa Jones, country comic/banjo wizard (Hee Haw), dies at 84
  • 2015-10-23 Bill Keith, American banjoist, dies at 75
  • 2020-03-22 Eric Weissberg, American singer and musician (Duelling Banjos), dies of Alzheimer’s at 80