Stringbean Was a True Country Music Character
His name was David Akeman. Who?? Well, the world didn’t know David Akeman. But they knew Stringbean.
Millions of people were introduced the Stringbean on the hit television show Hee Haw. A regular on the program with his ever present banjo, you were pretty much guaranteed a laugh with whatever song he decided to play. Yes, a world class banjo picker with a world class sense of good, clean country humor.
With a decades long career that began in the 1930’s (he played banjo with the legendary Bill Monroe!), he was a fixture at the Grand Ole Opry for many years, often sharing the stage with his friend and ‘Hee Haw’ cast mate Grandpa Jones.
Stringbean’s life ended tragically on November 10, 1973 when he and his wife were murdered by two men. Both received life sentence’s for their crime.
But for our purposes, let’s let Stringbean take the television stage and sing us ‘The Fishin’ Song’, about the big one that got away.