Mac Wiseman Biography

Malcolm B. Wiseman, 23 May 1925, Crimora, Virginia, USA. Wiseman attended the Conservatory of Music at Dayton, Virginia, and developed a great knowledge of the folk music of his native Shenandoah Valley. He first worked as a disc jockey on WSVA Harrisburg but was soon playing such shows as the Tennessee Barn Dance on WLOX Knoxville, where he also worked with Molly O’Day. During the 40s, his talent with bluegrass music saw him play and record with the bands of Bill Monroe and Flatt And Scruggs. He made his first solo recordings for Dot Records in 1951 and from 1957-61, he was the label’s A&R man. After recording for Capitol Records, he returned to Dot but in the early 70s, he later recorded with Lester Flatt for RCA Records. Over the years Wiseman has worked on a variety of radio stations, played all the major US country venues and travelled extensively, including several tours to Britain, where he is always a popular artist. A prolific recording artist on various labels, his most popular recordings include such songs as ‘Tis Sweet To Be Remembered’. His few actual chart hits include Top 10 successes with ‘The Ballad Of Davy Crockett’ and ‘Jimmy Brown The Newsboy’, and a minor hit with his humorous ‘Johnny’s Cash And Charley’s Pride’. In 1979, he even charted with ‘My Blue Heaven’ as Mac Wiseman And Friend (the friend being Woody Herman). In 1993 he was inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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