Moe Bandy, singer
Singer
birth name: Marion Bandy

Moe Bandy

February 12, 1944, Meridian, MS

Country music legend Moe Bandy has come a long way from his bull riding days in Texas. Not to mention his years as a sheet metal worker by day and playing Honkey Tonks at night in and around his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. In the mid-seventies when the country pop Kenny Rogers, John Denver and the outlaw sound of Waylon and Willie was at the rage, along came the traditionalist Moe Bandy. The Texas singer with twin fiddles and steel guitar in the band kept Texas-style Honkey Tonk music alive, but it wasn't easy. ~ MoeBandy: Moe Bandy ~ retrieved February 8, 2014 © MoeBandy.com

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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. ~ Allmusic: Moe Bandy ~ retrieved June 14, 2013 © Allmusic

Moe Bandy ~ Inducted in the 2011 Texas Country Music Hall of Fame ~ “If I'd done all the things I sing about, I'd be dead.” Moe Bandy achieved stardom in the 1970s and 1980s by singing about cheatin' and drinkin' and other hardcore country subjects. His first hit, which charted No. 17 in 1974, was ‘I Just Started Hatin' Cheatin' Songs Today,’ followed quickly by ‘Honky Tonk Amnesia," ‘It Was Always So Easy (To Find an Unhappy Woman),’ and ‘Don't Anyone Make Love at Home Anymore.’ In 1975 ‘Hank Williams Wrote My Life" soared to No. 2. […] These and similar songs celebrated the rowdy lifestyle that Moe happily sang about but largely avoided himself. "I really think my songs are about life," he explained. “There's cheating, drinking, and divorcing everywhere and that's what hardcore country music is all about.” ~ 2011 © Texas Country Music Hall Of Fame

In 2012, three Moe Bandy albums, and one collaboration album, made it to the #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time ~ #425 I Just Started Hatin' Cheatin' Songs (1974) ~ #372 It Was Always So Easy To Find An Unhappy Woman (1975) ~ #303 Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley, Hey Joe! Hey Moe! (1981) ~ #157 Soft Lights And Hard Country Music (1978)



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