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Who Mack Magaha
When September 12, 2003
Where Nashville, TN
What Mack Magaha, 'Dancing Fiddle Man,' dies
 

(Excerpt from the article mentioned above)

Peter Cooper
Staff Writer, Tennesseean

Mack Magaha, the "Dancing Fiddle Man" who performed with Country Music Hall of Famer Porter Wagoner and with influential bluegrass band Reno & Smiley, died yesterday in Veterans Hospital at age 74. He had been hospitalized for pneumonia.

A South Carolina native, Mr. Magaha was known as a lively, energetic presence onstage, as Nashville tourists found during his years in the 1970s and '80s as a mainstay at the now-defunct Opryland theme park.

"He was a ball of fire out there," Wagoner said. "He was a first-class showman." That showmanship proved especially important during his time with Wagoner, as the Porter Wagoner Show was syndicated to more than 100 television stations. The show expanded country music's acceptance into the American mainstream, and Mr. Magaha was an important part of that expansion.

"When he was on that show, in the '60s and '70s, I think it's a pretty safe assumption that he was the most visible fiddle player in country music," said WSM-AM air personality Eddie Stubbs, who will deliver the eulogy at Mr. Magaha's funeral.

Mr. Magaha is survived by wife, Shirley; son, Wayne; and daughter, Frida; grandchildren Christina Slemp, Kimberly Nash and Carl Nash; and by six sisters, Gladys Brooks, Carrie Wells, Vivian Smith, Betty Spence, Rachel Reid and Shelby Evanski.

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