1915 - 1973
David "Stingbean" Ackeman was born June 17, 1915 in Annville, Kentucky.
An accomplished bluegrass musician, he has worked on the Grand Ol' Opry, and played with the likes of Bill Monroe and Porter Wagoner, but to many, he is best remembered for his Banjo playing and comedy on TV's Hee Haw.
His father Played the banjo, which sparked David's interest in the instrument. By age 18 he was a professional musician, soon to become an Opry favorite for over 30 years.
A tall, thin man, David was dubbed "Stringbean" in the 30's during a performance on WLAP radio. It didn't take long for the name to stick and his family even started using the new nickname, shortening it to simply String.
The world lost "Stringbean"
and his wife Estelle on November 11, 1973. Both were murdered in their home
after returning home from the Ryman Auditorium and discovering burglars.
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