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Harry "Haywire Mac" McClintock
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Date Born/Group Began: October 08, 1882 (Tim P. Ryan) 
Date Died/Group Ended: April 24, 1957 (Tim P. Ryan) 
Also Known As:
Haywire Mac, Radio Mac, or just plain Mac (Tim P. Ryan)
Members:
Pioneer country radio broadcaster, song writer and band leader (I B Emerson)
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Facts:
  • English poet/performer/playwright. (Bill H)
  • Born October 08, 1882 in Knoxville, Tennessee (Tim P. Ryan)
  • Career railroader and labor organizer (Shalom)
  • Played on 116 shows:
    02-06-21, #AOTA-21020607-12-92, #92-28
    10-27-18, #KMCC-13-0509-22-91, #91-38
    01-27-18, #AOTA-18012707-28-91, #91-30
    07-12-17, #ISGD-17-2901-20-91, #91-03
    11-12-16, #16-4609-03-89, #89-36
    10-01-16, #16-4008-28-88, #88-35
    08-04-16, #ISGD-16-3307-24-88, #88-30
    03-19-16, #16-1206-26-88, #88-26
    11-28-15, #AOTA-15112803-01-87, #87-09
    11-07-15, #11-4502-22-87, #87-08
    09-05-15, #15-3609-28-86, #86-39
    06-20-15, #15-2509-28-86, #KMET-86-39
    03-29-15, #BWR-15-03-2908-17-86, #86-33
    02-28-15, #15-0907-27-86, #KMET-86-30
    08-23-14, #14-3401-12-86, #86-02
    04-26-14, #AOTA-14042611-03-85, #KMET-85-44
    03-15-14, #14-1107-07-85, #KMET-85-27
    03-23-13, #13-1207-07-85, #85-27
    01-05-13, #AOTA-13010501-13-85, #85-02
    12-27-12, #ISGD-12-5404-01-84, #84-14
    11-10-12, #12-4509-11-83, #83-37
    06-30-12, #12-2612-05-82, #82-49
    03-31-12, #ISGD-12-1308-29-82, #82-35
    01-17-12, #BWR-12-01-1702-21-82, #82-08
    10-01-11, #11-4007-05-81, #81-27
    06-21-11, #BWR-11-06-2103-15-81, #KMET-81-11
    06-18-11, #11-2503-01-81, #81-09
    05-21-11, #11-2112-07-80, #80-49
    10-09-10, #10-4112-30-79, #KMET-79-52
    07-17-10, #10-2909-30-79, #79-39
    06-19-10, #10-2504-29-79, #79-17
    10-11-09, #09-4109-10-78, #78-29
    09-06-09, #09-3603-12-78, #78-3
    02-01-09, #09-0502-19-78, #KMET-78-08
    06-22-08, #08-2501-30-77, #131
    04-06-08, #08-1411-28-76, #122
    09-09-07, #07-3609-05-76, #110
    05-21-07, #MMS-7806-27-76, #100
    10-15-06, #06-4204-18-76, #90
    06-25-06, #MMS-3303-07-76, #84
    04-02-06, #MMS-2101-11-76, #76
    11-06-05, #MMS-312-21-75, #73-57
    01-23-05, #XM-8708-31-75, #57
    01-02-05, #05-0108-17-75, #55
    11-07-04, #04-4506-01-75, #48
    04-18-04, #XM-4704-06-75, #40
    01-12-04, #XM-3401-12-75, #28
    01-05-03, #03-0111-10-74, #19
    09-02-01, #01-3509-22-74, #12
    07-29-01, #01-3009-15-74, #11
    07-15-01, #01-2809-08-74, #10
    04-29-01, #01-1709-01-74, #9
    08-20-00, #00-3408-18-74, #7
    07-26-98, #98-3007-28-74, #4
    05-03-98, #98-1812-30-73, #KMET-73-52
    04-21-96, #96-1612-31-72, #KMET-72-53
    11-27-94, #94-4811-12-72, #KMET-72-46
    06-13-93, #93-2403-19-72, #KMET-72-12
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    Messages about the artist: "Harry "Haywire Mac" McClintock"

     
    nuguy56789   Offline  -  Member  -  05-15-05 11:32 PM  -  16 years ago
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    "Anyone who can sing never has to go hungry."

    Some of the career experience Harry McClintock had -- actor, poet, painter, newspaper reporter, or set designer -- also seamen, sheep herder, railroader, union organizer, cowboy, hobo, and muleskinner. Ironically, he is most remembered for songs about people who choose to do nothing at all, such as "Hallelujah I'm a Bum" and "The Big Rock Candy Mountain." McClintock established himself as the copyrighted composer of these numbers, though folk music experts and copyright lawyers continue to argue amongst themselves. Known in his recording and broadcast career as Haywire Mac, Radio Mac, or just plain Mac, he made more than 50 excellent records of original songs and folk classics. Much of this material has been reissued by Rounder and Smithsonian Folkways. He was the first artist to record what have become classic American folk songs, such as "Red River Valley," Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie," and Jesse James."

    He began singing in church as a child and was still a child of 14 when he first took off on the road. Heading to New Orleans and the prospect of warmer weather, he found himself in the company of bums from all over the land. At 16, he began playing music on the streets for the promise of "spare change."

    He had discovered what he recalled later was one of the great secrets of life: "Anyone who can sing never has to go hungry." This was when he wrote his first song, the story of "Big Rock Candy Mountain." It was based on fairy tales he had heard growing up, conjuring up images of houses built out of sweet cakes and candy.

    His big radio break was a program aimed at children, a crowd he immediately wowed with his authentic cowboy material. Native American "performers" included Tall Pine, Joe Longfeather, Silver Cloud, and Evening Thunder. A few years later, he made his first recordings for Victor.


    McClintock moved to Hollywood in 1938. He appeared in several Gene Autry films, a Durango Kid oater, and a variety of serials done at the Universal and Republic studios. McClintock also did radio work as well as writing articles, plays, and fiction for pulp magazines under pseudonyms. In 1953, he went back to San Francisco to appear on the radio and television program entitled The Breakfast Hour. He continued with this program off and on until 1955, and died several years later.


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