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Uncle Dave Macon

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Uncle Dave Macon (David Harrison Macon, October 7, 1870 – March 22, 1952) also known as “The Dixie Dewdrop” was an American old-time banjo player, singer, songwriter, and comedian. Known for his chin whiskers, plug hat, gold teeth, and gates-ajar collar, he gained regional fame as a vaudeville performer in the early 1920s before becoming the first star of the Grand Ole Opry in the latter half of the decade.

Macon’s music is considered the ultimate bridge between 19th-century American folk and vaudeville music and the phonograph and radio-based music of the early 20th-century. Music historian Charles Wolfe wrote, “If people call yodelling Jimmie Rodgers ‘the father of country music,’ then Uncle Dave must certainly be ‘the grandfather of country music’.” Macon’s polished stage presence and lively personality have made him one of the most enduring figures of early country music.

Macon was born in Smartt Station (about five miles south of McMinnville), Tennessee, the son of Confederate Captain John Macon and his wife Martha Ramsey. In 1884, when David Macon was 13 years old, his family moved to Nashville, Tennessee to run the Old Broadway Hotel, which they had purchased. The hotel became a center for Macon and his growing musical interests, and was frequented by artists and troupers traveling along vaudeville circuit and circus acts.

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  • fieldmuzick

    Check out the psych/garage rock redition of Oh Lovin' Babe: https://highledgestapes.bandcamp.com/album/complete-works

    21 Sep 2014 Reply
  • qwertyisdoom

    Дед жжот не подетски.

    15 Nov 2012 Reply
  • lirikfack

    won't get drunk no more with that ol' black whore yeehaw [2]

    24 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Smirnon

    won't get drunk no more with that ol' black whore yeehaw

    15 Dec 2011 Reply
  • blebbio

    "god made the world and everthin that's in it, he made man perfect and a monkey wasn't in it" thats the only lyric you need to know lol

    1 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Ganimi

    Where can I find his lyrics?

    3 Oct 2011 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    ..... and his version of "Sail Away ladies" was adapted with very little change into the original skiffle hit "Don't you rock me Daddy-O" for the Vipers and Lonnie Donnegan .... and the Skiffle movement led directly into the Beatles. Unlce Dave deserves his place in the muscial pantheon.

    12 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Reignmund

    Just to put things in perspective, this man was born 5 years after the Civil War ended. He was out working the land when Leadbelly was just a twinkle in his father's eye. The fact that we can not only enjoy wealth of his song library, but we get to hear the man himself sing the songs that shaped his life as well as the country's... well that is just something special.

    19 Aug 2010 Reply
  • credere

    the wisdom of these songs is astonishing

    19 Mar 2010 Reply
  • oldhall

    Google maps can't find "Smart Station, TN", altho' there is a Smartt, TN, as well as a Smartt Station Road nearby.

    5 Jul 2009 Reply
  • bgbop

    Uncle Dave was a good friend to the Delmore Brothers - good guy.

    14 Apr 2009 Reply
  • wendell3

    Oh yes, this man is great. :-)

    6 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Jamuudsen

    There's something about the Are you Uncle Dave Macon? Upload your music here link on the left that makes me ROTFLMAO.

    6 Dec 2007 Reply
  • CoolJack

    Indie Rock?

    4 Aug 2007 Reply
  • human_jerky

    wheeee!

    9 Mar 2007 Reply

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