Mac Wiseman

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Mac Wiseman
Birth name Malcolm B. Wiseman
Born (1925-05-23) May 23, 1925 (age 88)
Crimora, Virginia, U.S.A.
Genres Bluegrass, country
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, upright bass
Years active 1944–present
Labels Dot, Capitol, RCA, Sugar Hill, CMH, Music Mill, Oh Boy
Associated acts Molly O'Day, Foggy Mountain Boys, Bill Monroe, Osborne Brothers, The Country Boys

Malcolm B. Wiseman (born May 23, 1925), better known as Mac Wiseman, is an American bluegrass singer, nicknamed The Voice with a Heart. The bearded singer is one of the cult figures of bluegrass.

Born in Crimora, Virginia, he studied at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Dayton, Virginia -- before it moved to Winchester, Virginia in 1960 -- and started his career as a disc jockey at WSVA-AM in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

His musical career began as upright bass player in the band of country singer Molly O'Day. When Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs left Bill Monroe's band, Wiseman became the guitarist for their new band, the Foggy Mountain Boys. Later he played with Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys. After a performance on Louisiana Hayride he became popular as solo artist. In the 1950s, he was the star of The Old Dominion Barn Dance on WRVA in Richmond, Va.

During the folk revival in the 1960s, Wiseman had successful concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall.

He joined producers Randall Franks and Alan Autry for the In the Heat of the Night cast CD Christmas Time’s A Comin’ released on Sonlite and MGM/UA for one of the most popular Christmas releases of 1991 and 1992 with Southern retailers.

In 1993 he was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor. His substantial girth and light tenor voice gave rise to the quip that "Mac Wiseman sings like Gene Vincent looks, and looks like Ernest Tubb sings."

Discography

Albums

Year Title Label Number Notes
1957 Tis Sweet To Be Remembered Dot DLP-3084/25084 Dot mono = 3xxx, stereo = 25xxx
1959 Beside The Still Waters Dot DLP-3135/25135
1959 Great Folk Ballads Dot DLP-3213/25213
1960 Sings 12 Great Hits Dot DLP-3313/25313
1960 Keep On The Sunny Side Dot DLP-3336/25336
1961 Best Loved Gospel Hymns Dot DLP-3373/25373
1961 Fireball Mail Dot DLP-3408/25408
1962 Bluegrass Favorites Capitol T-1800/ST-1800
1965 At the Toronto Horseshoe Club Wise LP-228
1966 Sincerely Hamilton HLP-130
1966 This Is Mac Wiseman Dot DLP-3697/25697
1966 A Master At Work Dot DLP-3730/25730
1966 Bluegrass Dot DLP-3731/25731 with the Osborne Brothers
1966 Songs Of The Dear Old Days Hamilton HLP-167/1267
1966 Sings Old Time Country Favorites Rural Rhythm RRMW-158
1967 Mac Wiseman Hilltop JM/JS-6047
1970 Sings Johnny's Cash & Charley's Pride RCA Victor LSP-4336
1971 Lester 'N' Mac RCA Victor LSP-4547 with Lester Flatt
1972 On The Southbound RCA Victor LSP-4688 with Lester Flatt
1973 Singing Country Favorites Rural Rhythm RRMW-258 reissue of RRMW-158 with Electric Guitar,

Electric Bass, and Drums Overdubbed

onto the original Mono recording to create

a Stereo effect.

1973 Over The Hills To The Poorhouse RCA Victor APL1-0309 with Lester Flatt
1973 Concert Favorites RCA Victor LSP-4845
1976 Country Music Memories CMH 6202
1976 New Traditions Volume 1 Vetco LP-508 with the Shenandoah Cut-Ups
1977 New Traditions Volume 2 Vetco LP-509 with the Shenandoah Cut-Ups
1977 Sings Gordon Lightfoot CMH 6217
1979 The Essential Bluegrass Album CMH 9016 with the Osborne Brothers
1980 Songs That Made The Jukebox Play CMH 9021
1982 Mac and Chubby Live at Gilley's Gilley's MG-5006 with Chubby Wise
1982 The Clayton McMichen Story CMH 9028 with Merle Travis
1982 Live In Concert Country Road CR-01
1982 Grassroots To Bluegrass CMH 9041
1984 If Teardrops Were Pennies 51 West Q-16280
1986 Mac Wiseman Dot 39086
1993 Teenage Hangout Bear Family BCD-15694 (Germany)
1994 Number One Christmas Power Pak 10511
1998 Del Doc & Mac Sugar Hill SHCD-3888 with Doc Watson and Del McCoury
2000 3 Tenors of Bluegrass CMH 8530 with Bobby Osborne and Jim Silvers
2001 Letter Edged in Black Music Mill 50101 also Wise 101
2001 Just Because Music Mill 50102 also Wise 102
2001 Maple on the Hill Music Mill 50106 also Wise 106
2001 Shares Precious Memories Music Mill 50108 with Brother Oswald, also Wise 108
2001 First Recorded Live Concert Music Mill 50109 also Wise 109
2003 The Lost Album Music Mill 70038 unreleased 1964 Capitol sessions
2005 15 of My Grandma's Favorites Music Mill 50110 also Wise 110
2005 15 of My Gospel Favorites Music Mill 50111 also Wise 111
2007 Standard Songs For Average People Oh Boy OBR-038 duets with John Prine
2008 Old Likker in a New Jug Wise 113
2008 Waiting for the Boys to Come Home Wise 114
2008 Bluegrass Tradition Gusto GT7-0825

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Compilations

Year Title Label Number Notes
1964 Sincerely, Mac Wiseman Hamilton HLP-130/12130
1968 Golden Hits of Mac Wiseman Dot DLP-3896/25896
1974 16 Great Performances ABC ABDP-4009
1976 The Mac Wiseman Story CMH CMH-9001
1979 Golden Classics Gusto GT-0049
1982 Bluegrass Gold - Greatest Bluegrass Hits CMH CMH-4502 reissue + "In the Pines"
1981 Early Dot Recordings Volume 1 County CCS-108 reissue + "When The Roses Bloom Again"
1982 Early Dot Recordings Volume 2 County CCS-109 reissue + "Paradise Valley" + "How Can You Forget So Soon"
1982 Bluegrass Special Koala A14541 Dot reissue
1986 24 Great Hits De Luxe DLX-7790
1989 Classic Bluegrass Rebel REB-CD-1106
1992 Early Dot Recordings Volume 3 County CCS-113 also MCA MSD-35153
1992 Rare Singles And Radio Transcriptions Cowgirlboy LP-5067 (Germany)
1997 20 Old Time Country Favorites Rural Rhythm RHYCD-258 reissue of RRMW-258
2001 Mac Wiseman Sings The Gospel, Vol. 1 Music Mill 50103 also Wise 103
2001 Mac Wiseman Sings The Gospel, Vol. 2 Music Mill 50104 also Wise 104
2001 At the Toronto Horseshoe Club Music Mill 50105 also Wise 105
2001 The Most Requested CMH CMH-8586
2002 The Heart Of A Legend Madacy 4446
2003 The Singles Music Mill 70037
2004 Tis Sweet To Be Remembered: Complete Recordings 1951-1964 Bear Family BCD-15976 (Germany) 6-CD set, Dot/Capitol reissue
2005 Precious Moments BCI 41142
2006 The Best Of Mac Wiseman – Essential Original Masters Rural Rhythm 312 Original Undubbed Mono Mixes of RRMW-158, plus several additional cuts taken from Mac Wiseman's personal archive.
2006 On Susan's Floor Bear Family BCD-16736 (Germany) 4-CD set, Dot, Rodeo/Wise, Rural Rhythm, and RCA Reissue
2009 Bluegrass Hits And Heart Songs Rebel CD-7523

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Notable singles

Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1955 "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" 10 Single only
1959 "Jimmy Brown the Newsboy" 5 Great Folk Ballads
1963 "Your Best Friend and Me" 12 Singles only
1968 "Got Leavin' On Her Mind" 54
1969 "Johnny's Cash and Charley's Pride" 38 30 Sings Johnny's Cash and Charley's Pride
1978 "Never Going Back Again" 78 Singles only
1979 "My Blue Heaven" (with Woody Herman) 69
"Scotch and Soda" 88
"Shackles and Chains" (with Osborne Brothers) 95 The Essential Bluegrass Album

Guest singles

Year Single Artist US Country Album
1990 "Tomorrow's World" Various artists 74 Single only

References

  1. ^ a b Pennell, Charley (November 8, 2009). "Discography of Bluegrass Sound Recordings, 1942 -". ibiblio. Retrieved December 28, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Praguefrank (December 2009). "Mac Wiseman". Praguefrank's Country Music Discographies. Retrieved December 28, 2009. dead link
  3. ^ a b Lambert, Gerard "Rocky" (February 27, 2007). "Mac Wiseman". Discographie Rock 'N' Country (in French). Retrieved December 28, 2009. 

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