MAGAHA, MACK (1929-2003)

Mack Magaha was the fiddle player in the classic line-up of the Reno and Smiley band that recorded extensively for King in Cincinnati. South Carolina-born, he was a great fiddler and entertained with his dancing as he played, always with a smile on his face. He had the idea and co-wrote with Don Reno the band’s most popular song, “I Know You’re Married But I Love You Still.” Thought by many to be a classic cheating song, it was actually about Mack’s future wife, whom he thought had married someone else. After nine years with Reno and Smiley, he left to join Porter Wagoner on TV in Nashville. After Porter quit the road, Mack played at Opryland for more than ten years and recorded several solo LPs.

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