Tuesday, May 02, 2006

One of the first country superstars

Looking back over past entries here on the Bus, I noticed that while I have mentioned Uncle Dave Macon a few times, he has not made an appearance here as the main subject of a post. It's high time I rectify that oversight.

Uncle Dave Macon was born David Harrison Macon on October 7, 1870 in Smart Station, Tennessee. For the first fifty years of his life he was a farmer and teamster. That's when a teamster actually drove a team of mules and a wagon, not an 18-wheeler. He played banjo as a hobby and to entertain friends and family.

At the age of 50, he did something lot's of folks wish they could do. He ran away and joined a traveling vaudeville show, turning his hobby of banjo picking and comedy into a career. He traveled with several performing companies for several years before he teamed up with a fiddler and formed the core of his band. In 1923 he recorded the first of many records for Okeh in New York. The records were big sellers and Uncle Dave Macon and his Fruit Jar Drinkers were popular far and wide.

In 1926 he was invited to join the cast of the brand new Grand Ole Opry. He continued to play with the Opry until three weeks before his death at the age of 81, in 1952.

Uncle Dave Macon - Go Along Mule.mp3

Uncle Dave Macon - When The Train Comes Along.mp3

Uncle Dave Macon - Buddy Won't You Roll Down The Line.mp3


Blogger Greg said...

I hadn't hopped on the Bus for a couple days, so I was delighted to find some Uncle Dave. Thanks as always Ed! -- gl

May 04, 2006 1:01 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Thanks for stoppin' by Greg. Always good to hear from you.

May 04, 2006 2:37 PM  

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