Malcolm B. "Mac" Wiseman

March 06, 2012

Mac WisemanGiven Name: Malcolm B. "Mac" Wiseman Date of Birth: May 23, 1925 Place of Birth: Crimora, VirginiaWiseman owned a battery operated radio growing up, which kept him in touch with the many exciting happenings in the musical world of the 1930s and 1940s. He picked up the guitar early and played with various groups during high school. Due to a childhood bout with polio, Wiseman was awarded a scholarship from the National Polio Foundation to study at the Conservatory of Music of Dayton, VA. After a short stint as a radio announcer, Wiseman joined Molly O'Day's band as a bass player and relocated to Knoxville, TN in 1946. He left a year later to form his own group, the Bluegrass Pioneers, who performed on station WCYB's "Farm and Fun Time" program in Bristol. Wiseman also performed with Flatt and Scruggs and Bill Monroe before again pursuing a solo career in 1951. He has performed and recorded extensively through the years and has also been an artist and repertoire director for Dot Records, as well as the first secretary of the Country Music Association (CMA). Some of Wiseman's most memorable hits are "Jimmy Brown the Newsboy" and "'Tis Sweet To Be Remembered."