Uncle Dave Macon

Old-time music, Musical Artist

1870 – 1952

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Who was Uncle Dave Macon?

Uncle Dave Macon, born David Harrison Macon—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.

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Born
Oct 7, 1870
Warren County
Also known as
  • Dave Macon
  • Macon, Uncle Dave
  • Uncle Dave Mason
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • Tennessee
Died
Mar 22, 1952
Murfreesboro

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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