"Uncle Dave" Macon
One of the first stars of the Opry, David Harrison Macon was one of the major catalysts behind country music's popularity. Southern folk music from the late 1800s and early 1900s might not have made the leap to radio, stage, and television had it not been for the magnetic quality of Uncle Dave and his performances.
Macon played the banjo and sang at the Opry -- which he had a hand in establishing -- for more than 25 years. He was a workhorse of a musician and influenced players for decades to come.