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David "Stringbean" Akeman - 2018 Inductee

David Akeman was born in 1915 in the rural town of Annville, Kentucky. Early in his career, he earned the nickname, “Stringbean”, as members of his band took notice of his 6’5” slender frame; the endearing nickname remained with him for the rest of his career. In 1940, Akeman joined and starred as the lead banjo player in legendary Bluegrass artist Bill Monroe’s “Bluegrass Boys Band.” He soon discovered he had a knack for making people laugh and integrated comedy into his musical routine. In 1952, David took his act to the Grand Ole Opry Stage where his long running show met with remarkable success. From 1962 to 1971, “Stringbean” recorded seven albums featuring chart hits “Run Rabbit Run” and “Little Liza Jane”. During this time, David landed a supporting role on the television series Hee Haw. Audiences fell in love with his mixture of banjo playing skills and comedic routines. Hee Haw became an instant classic. A talented musician, a gifted comedian, and a widely adored entertainer, David “Stringbean” Akeman will go down in history as one of Kentucky’s most beloved performers.

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  1. Dale Ann Bradley - 2018 Inductee
  2. Billy Ray Cyrus - 2018 Inductee
  3. Jason Crabb - 2018 Inductee
  4. Jackie DeShannon - 2018 Inductee
  5. David "Stringbean" Akeman - 2018 Inductee
  6. Bobby Lewis - 2018 Inductee
  7. Exile - 2011 Inductees
  8. The Kentucky Headhunters - 2013 Inductees
  9. Jerry Chestnut - 2004 Inductee
  10. J.D. Crowe Commemorative Bourbon
  11. John Lee Lair - 2002 Inductee
  12. Red Foley - 2002 Inductee
  13. Coon Creek Girls - 2004 Inductees
  14. Ulys R "Red" Turner - Renfro Valley Performer
  15. Old Joe Clark - 2013 Inductee
  16. Merle Travis - 2002 Inductee
  17. Loretta Lynn - 2002 Inductee
  18. JD Crowe - 2004 Inductee
  19. Bradley Kincaid - 2002 Inductee
  20. Jean Ritchie - 2002 Inductee
  21. Tom T Hall - 2002 Inductee