Banjo player and stage comic who pioneered the transition from vaudeville to country music.
He was a renowned vaudeville performer with his act featuring buck dancing and old-time folk music, which led him to a recording offer and eventually a spot on the Grand Ole Opry.
He frequently interspersed his singing on the radio with whoops and hollers, causing headaches for sound engineers.
He was born in McMinnville, Tennessee. His father John Macon was a Confederate captain.
He was influenced by Jimmie Rodgers who created the 20th-century country sound.