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Mac Wiseman

March 8, 1972 OH387 95 min.


Bluegrass musician and music industry executive. Born May 23, 1925. Real name: Malcolm B. Wiseman. Emerged in the late 1940s as a featured singer with Molly O’Day. Original member of Flatt & Scruggs’s Foggy Mountain Boys (1948). Member of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys (1949). Recorded for Dot Records 1951-1963. Head of the Country Department of Dot Records, 1956-1959. Managed the WWVA Wheeling Jamboree 1966-1970. Member, International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor.

Interview Summary

1972 March 8
(1 hour, 35 minutes)
Bluegrass musician Mac Wiseman talks about the development of his career. Discussion includes his childhood and early musical influences; his education; his early career as a radio announcer; the development of his singing style; comments on his early performance style; his early professional career, including working for Molly O’Day, Flatt & Scruggs, and Bill Monroe; and his experiences recording for Dot Records.

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