Wednesday, June 19, 2019
WACKY WEDNESDAY: Happy Birthday Stringbean!
With his long nightshirts and low-hanging pant, belted around the knees, his funny hat, his deadpan face -- and a truly dangerous banjo -- David Akeman, who most people knew as "Stringbean," was a comic star of the Grand Ol' Opry from the '50s through the early 70s. And he was part of the original cast of Hee Haw, which introduced him to a new generation of hillbilly music.
He was born June 17 in 1915, though I've also seen reports that say he was born in 194 or 1916. Whatever is true, he'd be well over 100 if he were still alive.
But he's not.
Following a performance at the Opry on Nov. 10, 1973, Akeman and his wife Estelle were shot and killed killed at their cabin in Goodlettsville, Tenn. near Nashville by a couple of burglars looking for a big stash of money they -- wrongly -- thought was there.
But I don't want to dwell on his murder, which has been well-covered elsewhere. This is Wacky Wednesday, so let's remember his music and the laffs he gave us.
Here's an early TV appearance with none other than Earl Scruggs on second banjo.
"She's as pretty as a plum ..."
Who doesn't love a pretty little widow?
Everyone got the hillbilly fever by now?
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