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Uncle Dave Macon

Uncle Dave Macon (October 7, 1870 – March 22, 1952), 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.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 7th, 1870 (Tennessee), Died March 22nd, 1952 (Murfreesboro)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, banjo, composer, leader, lyricist, guitar, speaker

Notes: Frequent subcredit: "The Dixie Dewdrop."

See Also: Dixie Sacred Singers

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 206 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-37157 10-in. 12/20/1926 On the Dixie Bee Line Vernon Dalhart Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-87684 10-in. 1/22/1935 Over the mountain Uncle Dave Macon Male vocal trio, with banjo and 2 guitars instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist  
Victor BVE-87685 10-in. 1/22/1935 When the harvest days are over Uncle Dave Macon Male vocal trio, with banjo and 2 guitars instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist  
Victor BVE-87686 10-in. 1/22/1935 One more river to cross Uncle Dave Macon Male vocal trio, with banjo and 2 guitars instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist  
Victor BVE-87687 10-in. 1/22/1935 Just one way to the pearly gates Uncle Dave Macon Male vocal trio, with banjo and 2 guitars instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist  
Victor BVE-87688 10-in. 1/22/1935 I'll tickle Nancy Uncle Dave Macon Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist  
Victor BVE-87689 10-in. 1/22/1935 I'll keep my skillet good and greasy Uncle Dave Macon Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist  
Victor BS-011910 10-in. 8/3/1937 All in down and out blues Uncle Dave Macon Male vocal solo, with banjo and guitar composer, lyricist, vocalist  
Victor BS-011911 10-in. 8/3/1937 Honest confession is good for the soul Uncle Dave Macon Male vocal solo, with banjo and guitar vocalist  
Victor BS-011912 10-in. 8/3/1937 Fame apart from God's approval Uncle Dave Macon Male vocal solo, with banjo and guitar composer, vocalist  
Victor BS-011913 10-in. 8/3/1937 The bum hotel Uncle Dave Macon Male vocal solo, with violin and banjo vocalist  
Victor BS-011914 10-in. 8/3/1937 From Jerusalem to Jericho Uncle Dave Macon Male vocal solo, with banjo and guitars lyricist, vocalist  
Victor BS-011915 10-in. 8/3/1937 Two in one chewing gum Uncle Dave Macon Male vocal solo, with banjo vocalist, instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BS-011916 10-in. 8/3/1937 Travelin' down the road Uncle Dave Macon Male vocal solo, with banjo and violin vocalist  
Victor BS-018644 10-in. 1/24/1938 Country ham and red gravy Uncle Dave Macon Male vocal solo, with banjo and guitar instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist  
Victor BS-018645 10-in. 1/24/1938 Summertime on the Beeno Line Uncle Dave Macon ; Smoky Mountain Glenn Male vocal duet, with banjo and guitar instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist  
Victor BS-018646 10-in. 1/24/1938 He won the heart of Sarah Jane Uncle Dave Macon Male vocal solo, with banjo and guitar instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist  
Victor BS-018647 10-in. 1/24/1938 Peek-a-boo Uncle Dave Macon Male vocal solo, with banjo and guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BS-018648 10-in. 1/24/1938 Working for my Lord Uncle Dave Macon ; Smoky Mountain Glenn Male vocal duet, with banjo and guitar instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist  
Victor BS-018649 10-in. 1/24/1938 She's got the money too Uncle Dave Macon Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist  
Victor BS-018650 10-in. 1/24/1938 Wait till the clouds roll by Uncle Dave Macon ; Smoky Mountain Glenn Male vocal duet, with banjo and guitar instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist  
Victor BS-018651 10-in. 1/24/1938 Things I don't like to see Uncle Dave Macon Male vocal solo, with banjo and guitar instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist  
Victor BS-018652 10-in. 1/24/1938 They're after me Uncle Dave Macon Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist  
Victor BS-018653 10-in. 1/24/1938 My daughter wished to marry Uncle Dave Macon Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist  
Victor BS-018654 10-in. 1/24/1938 Beautiful love Uncle Dave Macon Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 206 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Macon, Uncle Dave," accessed November 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106725.

Macon, Uncle Dave. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106725.

"Macon, Uncle Dave." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 November 2021.

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