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The Arthur Smith Show was one of the most popular programs at the time, delivering country, folk, and bluegrass music to audiences nationwide. Among numerous enterprises, Arthur Smith's time was divided largely between his Charlotte-based touring group the Crackerjacks and recording studio.
Popular country-western singer George Hamilton IV, deemed â€œInternational Ambassador of Country Musicâ€ after garnering much success in Canada and England, decided to trade Nashville and the Grand Ol' Opry for a spot in Arthur Smith's Charlotte-based group, the Crackerjacks.