One of the first country superstars
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.