Mac Wiseman celebrates his 85th Birthday in Grand Style!

“The Voice with the Heart” celebrated his 85th birthday on May 23rd at the Texas Troubadour Theatre in Nashville, TN. The event was broadcast Live and On-line Worldwide on 650 AM-WSM.

Here's a great summary of Mac's big event yesterday as told by Mac's good friend, Marty Martel.

Mac Wiseman and friend Marty Martel

About two weeks ago I received an special invitation from David McCormick, owner of the Ernest Tubb Record Shops, requesting that I attend a celebration of the 85th birthday of my friend and thousands of other friends and fans, of MAC WISEMAN.

I was honored to think that I would be invited to such a special day in Mac’s life. I was there today, and I will try and write how beautiful of a party it was for this wonderful man. Mac looked great, sounded great and was in great spirits. He has had some health issues the past couple of years, but he was in another world of happiness among all of his friends and fans, and the many thousands who listened in to the festivities on WSM/AM, and he said that his health issues are passing and he feels great.

Our thanks goes out to David McCormick for buying two hours of commercially free time to allow the world to listen in to this great birthday celebration for Mac Wiseman, and there was even video to see the festivities. David is so important to the life of country music, and his love and respect for the legends of our music.

Before I forget I am going to try and let you know who was there while I was in attendance. It was the Who’s Who of Bluegrass and Country. Amazing the love that was evident for this great superstar in our music industry from all of his family, friends, associates, fellow entertainers, and of course the fans. Well here goes.

    Curly Seckler (91 years old-Just had open heart surgery) Bobby Osborne, Ronnie Reno, Jesse McReynolds, Stan Hitchock, Jim Ed Brown, Jeanne Seely, Ron Elliott (Hall of Fame Steel Guitarist), Larry Cordle, Jean & Benny Shepard, Charlie Dick, Walt Trott (Great News Writer,) Les Leverett, Carol Lee Cooper, Don Warden, Larry Stephenson, David Frizzell, Bill Littleton, Don Light, Jo Walker-Meador, Dianne Sherril,l Mickey Harris (Bass Player for Rhonda Vinent,) Gary/Jeanette Scot,t Jean Stromatt, Libby Griggs, John Denny, Eugene Ward, Peter Cooper (Tennessean), Del McCoury, Ramona Jones, Leslie Elliott **For those I missed, please accept my apologies
Mac Wiseman's 85th Birthday Cake I know I am missing others, not intentionally, but the above are the best of my recollection. The theatre was packed with fans, and this was a private affair, so it was so great to see so many come to let Mac know how much we love him and to celebrate with him, his 85th birthday. Oh yes, there was a beautiful cake in the shape of the number 85 and many, many cards surrounding it for Mac to open when he gets home.Mac was gracious to each and everyone that came up to the stage and sat with him on the couch, and if they wanted a photo taken with him, he obliged them with the Mac Wiseman smile.

I was fortunate to be able to sit with Mac for a minute, get my picture taken with him, which will be in my treasure of my wall photo’s. I reminded him that I would gladly give up my position as President of R.O.P.E., of which he was a founding member, but he greeted me with “Martel, sit down here, and I will be making some of the monthly meetings soon, and you might throw me out.” We both laughed and I told him how much he means to all of us, and he said thanks and we shook hands.

I have included the pix taken of me and Mac. I am so proud of knowing this giant in our music industry who should be in our Country Music Hall of Fame. There were two people in attendance today that surely should be in the Hall of Fame, Mac Wiseman and Jean Shepard.

The gathering was still going on when I left, and Mac was still enjoying every minute. WSM/AM played some of Mac’s great hits and other records that showed the versatility of Mac Wiseman, the complete artist. A gracious, kind, talented man, and a great businessman who has given his life to our music industry written in stone with his honesty, integrity, and his talent, this Man we call “THE VOICE WITH THE HEART.” Always willing to give advice to those of us who have asked for his input in our career decisions, and from what I know, he has always steered all of us in the right direction.

Happy 85h Birthday Mac Wiseman and please give us many, many more to celebrate. WE ALL DEARLY LOVE YOU MAC. Thank you for allowing me to enjoy your friendship over these past 40 years that I have been here.

Thank you David McCormick for sending me the invitation. Marty Martel. And thank you Marty for allowing us to share your story with Mac Wismean fans everywhere.

Happy Birthday again Mac Wiseman from your friends here at the Willie Nelson and Friends Museum.

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