Banjo player and stage comic who pioneered the transition from vaudeville to country music.
He frequently interspersed his singing on the radio with whoops and hollers, causing headaches for sound engineers.
He was influenced by Jimmie Rodgers who created the 20th-century country sound.
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 was born in McMinnville, Tennessee. His father John Macon was a Confederate captain.
- The meaning of the name Mason: Stone Worker, Brick Layer