Monday, February 25, 2019
– Country music hall of famer Mac Wiseman died at 93 on Sunday in Nashville.
Wiseman, who had a career bluegrass, had two top 10 hits during his career - "The ballad of Davy Crockett"in 1955 and "Jimmy Brown the Newsboy" in 1959.
Wiseman was born May 23,1925 in Crimora, Va. Due to contracting polio at six months,he spent his childhood listening to records.
Wiseman's musical career started by playing upright bass in the Cumberland Mountain Folks, who were the backing band to country singer Molly O'Day. He played in the Foggy Mountain Boys, the band formed by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs when they left Bill Monroe's Band. Wiseman also played with Monroe's The Bluegrass Boys.
Following his service with O'Day, Flatt & Scruggs, and Monroe, Wiseman began recording for Dot, Randy Wood's new Gallatin, Tenn., independent label, in 1951. Wiseman's early work for Dot included "Going Like Wildfire," "I Saw Your Face in the Moon" and "Waiting for the Boys." He was a featured performer on WRVA's Old Dominion Barn Dance radio show in Richmond, Va., from 1953 to 1956.
While continuing to record, he became a Dot producer, helping Wood run the label's California office in the late 1950s. After 1965, Wiseman became a favorite on the bluegrass festival circuit, and hosted his own festival in Renfro Valley, Ky. from 1970 to 1983. He has recorded for various labels after Dot - Capitol, MGM, RCA, Churchill, CMH - including some well-received duets with Flatt in the 1970s. Wiseman managed Wheeling, West Va.WWVA Jamboree from 1966 to 1970.
Wiseman was co-founder of the Country Music Association. In 1986, he helped found the International Bluegrass Music Association.
In 2007 he released an album of standard American songs recorded with singer-songwriter John Prine for Oh Boy Records.