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Moe Bandy

Moe Bandy was one of the most popular country singers of the 1970s, turning out a series of hits in the latter half of the decade that made many fans and critics believe he was one of the great honky tonk singers. Bandy's songs never strayed far from the traditional barroom fare -- delivered with a knowing sense of humor, loving, cheating, drinking, and patriotic songs form the core of his repertoire. Throughout the late '70s and early '80s, the singer racked up hits. His audience declined somewhat a decade after his career took off, yet he has remained a popular favorite through his theater in Branson, MO.

Bandy was born in Meridian, MS, the birthplace of Jimmie Rodgers. In fact, Bandy's grandfather worked with Rodgers on the railroad, so it's no surprise that the singer first fell in love with country music through the Jimmie Rodgers records that were around his house, as well as the Hank Williams albums. Bandy's family moved to San Antonio, TX, when he was six. During high school, he was a rodeo rider, but his career came to a halt once he suffered too many injuries. Once he left school, Bandy was a sheet metal worker, singing in country nightclubs at night. He landed a one-record deal with Satin Records in 1964. The label released Bandy's original song "Lonely Lady," but the record made no impact. Nevertheless, he continued to perform at night in various Texas honky tonks.

In 1972, Bandy met record producer Ray Baker on a hunting trip and convinced him to listen to some demo tapes he had made. Provided that Moe could pay for the recording sessions, Baker agreed to produce the singer. Excited by his new prospect, Bandy pawned his furniture and financed a session. Once they were released, the records went nowhere. The following year, the singer took out a loan to pay for another recording date. "I Just Started Hatin' Cheatin' Songs Today" was the result of this session, and Baker released the single on Footprint Records, manufacturing only 500 copies. Unlike Bandy's previous records, the single began to sell. GRC acquired the rights to the record and released it nationally; it eventually became a Top 20 hit. Nevertheless, Bandy kept his job as a sheet metal worker, uncertain of the end result of his taste of success.

Bandy followed "I Just Started Hatin' Cheatin' Songs Today" with several singles on GRC, including the Top Ten hits "It Was So Easy to Find an Unhappy Woman" (1974) and "Bandy the Rodeo Clown" (1975), which was written by Lefty Frizzell and Whitey Shafer. Bandy signed with Columbia Records in 1975, keeping Baker as a producer. "Hank Williams You Changed My Life," his first single for the label, was an instant number three hit, leading to his Most Promising Male Vocalist award from the Academy of Country Music. Bandy's string of hit singles in 1976 -- including "Here I Am Drunk Again" and "She Took More Than Her Share" -- confirmed that he was one of the most popular singers of the latter half of the decade. The following two years were equally successful for the singer, as he had hits with "I'm Sorry for You My Friend," "Cowboys Aren't Supposed to Cry," "She Just Loved the Cheatin' Out of Me," "That's What Makes the Jukebox Play," and "Two Lonely People."

Bandy's career reached a peak in 1979. During that year, he teamed up with Janie Fricke in 1979 for "It's a Cheatin' Situation." The song became a number three hit and won the Song of the Year award from the ACM. Bandy had another successful duet that year with Joe Stampley. The pair released Just Good Ol' Boys, which became one of the most popular albums of the year, spawning the number one title track and the Top Ten "Holding the Bag." Like his pairing with Fricke, the duet with Stampley was an award-winning combination, as the duo won the Country Music Association's Duet of the Year and the ACM's Duo of the Year awards in 1980. Bandy also had a pair of major solo hits with the number one "I Cheated Me Right Out of Her" and the Top Ten "Barstool Mountain."

During 1980, Moe Bandy's winning streak continued with the Top Ten hits "Yesterday Once More" and "Following the Feeling," a duet with Judy Bailey. Bandy teamed up Stampley again in 1981, which proved as successful as the duo's first outing. The pair again reached the Top Ten with "Hey Moe Hey Joe" and charted with "Honky Tonk Queen." With "My Woman Loves the Devil Out of Me" and "Rodeo Romeo," Bandy had a pair of solo hits the same year. For the next two years, he regularly charted in the Top 20, both as a solo act and with various duet partners, including Becky Hobbs on the Top Ten 1983 hit "Let's Get Over Them Together." However, none of his songs caused the sensation of "Where's the Dress," a parody of Culture Club's Boy George recorded with Stampley. Although Boy George sued the duo, the song was a major hit, winning an award for Best Country Video from the America Video Awards and the New York Film Festival.

Moe Bandy switched record labels in 1986, signing with MCA/Curb. Not only did he change labels, he changed producers, abandoning his old collaborator, Ray Baker, for Jerry Kennedy. Appropriately, the sound of the singer's records changed as well. No longer were they modern-day honky tonk; they were slicker and more pop-oriented. Ironically, the change in sound didn't bring about more commercial success. For a brief time, Bandy continued to have Top Ten hits, including "Till I'm Too Old to Die Young" (1987) and "Americana" (1988), which became presidential candidate George Bush's campaign theme song; Bandy played Bush's Presidential Inauguration, as well as playing the White House twice in 1989. However, he wasn't faring as well on the country charts. His albums became increasingly safer and smoother, yet they failed to reach the peaks of his rowdier early material.

Bandy opened the Moe Bandy Americana Theatre in 1991, becoming one of many country performers to establish themselves in Branson, MO. Bandy frequently performs in the 900-seat venue with his Americana Band. His theater has been more popular than his records in the '90s and '00s, but for a time in the late '70s and early '80s he was one of the most popular and exciting singers recording. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Track List: Deep In The Heart Of Texas (Single)

Comments

Haven't heard Moe since early 80's Another artist who doesn't get the credit he deserves Thanks Pandora.
To Amtrak, if you weren't such a stupid SOB ,you would know that this country is in the shape it's in because of bill Clinton forcing banks to lend money to people that couldn't pay it back . You a**holes that can't see that can find a new country to live in. Me personally ,I love my freedom and I commend bush. He will go down as one of the best presidents this country has ever seen ! In the words of Merle Haggard, if you don't love it ,leave it. And don't forget ,a democratic congress approved
Like Moe Bandy!
charmels26
Moe Bandy is the reason I love Honky-Tonk music. I listen each and everyday to him on Pandora and he makes the workday a happy one.
He brings back all the happy fun times we had at Cowtown and Sam's
in San Jose, CA. Bless Pandora for giving everyone a change to hear
real Country Music.
curtiscal123
The best honky-tonk singer in the world
Remembering Moe Bandy when I was just a kid in southeast Asia, Gave me a feeling of warmth and home. 40 odd years later still give me a warm feeling of home.
We need more Moe's in country music today kgms
kivmaki_35
My wife & I met Moe in Branson back in the 90's. He's a great singer & a great guy. They just don't seem to make 'em like Moe anymore. I love singing & playing that old honky tonk music. We do local country shows up here in Northern MN. on the Iron Range. (Stoney Hill)
its great place to relax and to lession to to great country
Disappointed to hear he related to Bush II, great music. I'll skip my diatribe about what Bush has cost this country. Bandy's music is still the best and I have bought more than one album.
sean.oneill9 7
Moe Bandy is kick tail cool country music.
When I was in radio back in the 60's and 70's it was Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley.... a l w a y s great COUNTRY songs.
SO MANY GOD DRIVEN MUSICAL GENIUS....SO LOVE THE SOUTH AND WEST TEXAS...TOMM T Y T.
jhmcg1
YUP! Right up there with Hank, George and Ray
laura0627
Moe has alway been a great honky tonk singer!!!
This song by Moe Bandy is okay, I gues, but it's a re-make. It's not the original, so don't expect much.
Always on top of my list.last of the original true honkey tonkers
bobford99
one of the best
" SWEET VOICE " I LIKE HIM
Moe will be filming a live tv show and recording his show at Ghram Central Station In Pflugerville Tx thursday September24 doors open at 6pm
I have heard a lot about Moe Bandy, but this is the first time I have ever heard him sing. Thanks Pandora.
OLE MOE BANDY IS STILL GOOD,RECORDE D ALOT OF GREAT SONGS,SOME OF THEM FUNNY,JANIE FRIKE? SINGS BACKGROUND IN ALOT OF SONGS..THANK S PANDORA
I think Moe Bandy is the greatest. The so called stars today can't hold a candle to him. He has a fantastic voice and a great entertainer. Dee from Indiana
Seen him at Branson and her puts on an excellent show. Agreat country singer
Hes awesome,,,,, , , m a k e s you want to dance when he sings....has a great voice,,,,Mmm m m m m m m m m m Barbara from Indiana
I like this artist. moe is that kind of singer you hear you wont forget.jimmi e baire

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