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Mac Wiseman

Post by lo&m » Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:53 am

Bluegrass legend, Mac Wiseman, died 24th February in an Antioch, Tennessee rehab facility after experiencing kidney failure over the past few weeks. Best known for his 1959 hit, "Jimmy Brown the Newsboy." Also had a hit version of "The Ballad of Davey Crockett" in 1955.
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Famed for his clear and mellow tenor voice, Mac Wiseman recorded with many great bluegrass bands, including those of Molly O'Day, Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, and the Osborne Brothers; his command of traditional material made him much in demand by bluegrass and folk fans alike. Wiseman was born on May 23, 1925 in Crimora, Virginia and grew up influenced by traditional and religious music and such radio stars as Montana Slim Carter. He attended school in New Hope Virginia and graduated from high school there in 1943. He studied at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Dayton, Virginia (before it moved to Winchester, Virginia in 1960) and started his career as a disc jockey at WSVA-AM in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1944. At the same time he worked as a singer with Buddy Starcher, but later formed his own group and continued performing with others, including Molly O'Day as upright bass player. When Flatt and Earl Scruggs left Bill Monroe's band, Wiseman became the guitarist for their new band, the Foggy Mountain Boys through the rest of the '40s. In 1949, he recorded a single, "Travelin' Down This Lonesome Road," with Bill Monroe. After a performance on the Louisiana Hayride he became popular as solo artist. In the 1950s, he was the star of The Old Dominion Barn Dance on WRVA in Richmond, Virginia.

Wiseman recorded many popular local singles, and had his first national Top Ten hit with his version of "The Ballad of Davy Crockett." The song's success steered Wiseman away from bluegrass and more towards pop and country. In 1957, he began recording for Dot; he had a few major successes for the label with such songs as "Jimmy Brown the Newsboy" before moving to Capitol in 1962, where he recorded both country and bluegrass tunes. He began working for Wheeling's WWVA Jamboree in 1965, and also began to play at bluegrass festivals; over the next three decades, he became one of the most popular performers on the circuit. Wiseman stayed active into the 21st century, releasing eight albums on Music Hill between 2001 and 2005. Just prior to his passing, he had accepted an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Glenville State College in West Virginia.

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Re: Mac Wiseman

Post by Moshe » Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:06 am

Cor Blimey, Guv'nor! 8)

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