Moe Bandy - Meridian, MS.

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Marion Franklin Bandy, Jr.–better known professionally as Moe Bandy–(born February 12, 1944 in Meridian, Mississippi) is a country music singer. He was most popular during the 1970s, when he had several hit songs, both alone and with his singing partner Joe Stampley.

Marion Bandy, who was nicknamed Moe by his father when he was a child, grew up in the home-town of the legendary Jimmie Rodgers. He later stated: "My grandfather worked on the railroads with Jimmie Rodgers. He was the boss of the railway yard in Meridian and Jimmie Rodgers worked for him. He said that he played his guitar all the time between work."
The Bandy family moved to San Antonio, Texas when Moe was six years old. His mother played piano and sang. Bandy was taught to play the guitar by his father, but made little use of the ability until he was in his teens. His father's wish that Moe also play the fiddle never materialized. He made some appearances with his father's country band, the Mission City Playboys, but generally during his high school days, he showed little interest in music but a great deal in rodeos. He tried bronco-busting and bull-riding and by the time he was 16, he was competing in rodeos all over Texas.

Career success

In 1962, tired of the bruises and fractured bones, he began to pursue a career in country music. He assembled a band that he called Moe And The Mavericks and found work playing small beer joints, honky tonks and clubs over a wide area around San Antonio, Texas. When he was young he tried to sound like Hank Williams and George Jones - "I even had my hair cut short like his".
Although work was plentiful, the pay was poor and during the day he worked for his father as a sheet metal worker. This was to last for the next 12 years, during which time he made a few recordings for various small labels. In 1964, he had his first single, "Lonely Lady", on the Satin label, but it made little impression. He did manage to get his band a residency on a local television program called Country Corner and in this capacity, he provided backing for several touring stars.
In 1973, he went solo when record producer Ray Baker, who had listened to Bandy's demos the previous year, suggested he come to Nashville. Bandy managed to obtain a loan and recorded a song called "I Just Started Hatin' Cheatin' Songs Today". Initially released on Footprint Records with a limited pressing of 500 copies, it soon came to the attention of the Atlanta-based GRC label. In March 1974, it entered the US country charts, eventually peaking at number 17. Other hits followed, including "It Was Always So Easy To Find An Unhappy Woman (Till I Started Looking For Mine)" and "Don't Anyone Make Love At Home Anymore".
In 1975, a song written by his friend Lefty Frizzell and Whitey Shaffer gave him a number seven country hit, firmly establishing his reputation. "Bandy The Rodeo Clown" was to become not only one of his own favorites but also one of his most popular recordings. (Shaffer was greatly amused by the way Bandy pronounced woman as "woh-min", and began to send him songs with the "woh-min" in them.)
Bandy sang in a simple style that extracted the utmost from his songs of lost love, sadness and life. Although by no means a Hank Williams sound-alike, his method of putting across his honky tonk songs shows a distinct influence from Williams. He met with immediate success at Columbia Records with Paul Craft's "Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life" and quickly added further hits, including "Here I Am Drunk Again".
From 1977 through 1979, he was a country chart regular with singles such as "I'm Sorry For You, My Friend" (the song Williams had written for their mutual friend Lefty Frizzell), "Cowboys Ain't Supposed To Cry", "That's What Makes The Jukebox Play" and a duet with Janie Fricke, "It's A Cheating Situation".

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Moe Bandy Discography
YearAlbumChart PositionsLabel
US CountryCAN Country
1974I Just Started Hatin' Cheatin' Songs Today11GRC
It Was Always So Easy9
1975Bandy the Rodeo Clown27
1976Hank Williams You Wrote My Life13Columbia
Here I Am Drunk Again17
1977I'm Sorry for You My Friend18
The Best18
Cowboys Ain't Supposed to Cry22
1978Soft Lights and Hard Country Music345
Love Is What Life's All About33
1979It's a Cheating Situation1913
One of a Kind44
1980The Champ576
Following the Feeling44
1981Rodeo Romeo48
1982She's Not Really Cheatin' (She's Just Gettin' Even)19
Salutes the American CowboyWarwick
I Still Love You in the Same Ol' WayColumbia
Greatest Hits49
1983Sings Songs of Hank Williams
Devoted to Your Memory41
1984Motel Matches45
1985Keepin' It Country
Barroom Roses
1987You Haven't Heard the Last of Me10MCA
1988No Regrets28Curb
1989Many Mansions48
1990Greatest Hits
1993Live in Branson, MO USALaserlight
1995Picture in a FrameIntersound
Gospel Favorites
1996A Cowboy Christmas
1997Act Naturally
2005Too Old to Die YoungPegasus

 Albums with Joe Stampley

YearTitleChart positionsLabel
US CountryUS
1979Just Good Ol' Boys11Columbia
1981Hey Joe! Hey Moe!23170
1982Greatest Hits
1984Alive and Well21
1985Live from Bad Bob's, Memphis
1999The BestIntersound
2000Live at Billy Bob's TexasSmith


YearTitleChart positionsAlbum
US CountryCAN Country
1974"I Just Started Hatin' Cheatin' Songs Today"17I Just Started Hatin' Cheatin' Songs
"Honky Tonk Amnesia"2448
"It Was Always So Easy (To Find an Unhappy Woman)"77It Was Always So Easy
1975"Don't Anyone Make Love at Home Anymore"1324
"Bandy the Rodeo Clown"74Bandy the Rodeo Clown
"Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life"23Hank Williams You Wrote My Life
1976"The Biggest Airport in the World"2722
"Here I Am Drunk Again"1113Here I Am Drunk Again
"She Took More Than Her Share"11
1977"I'm Sorry for You, My Friend"99I'm Sorry for You My Friend
"Cowboys Ain't Supposed to Cry"1333Cowboys Ain't Supposed to Cry
"She Just Loved the Cheatin' Out of Me"112
1978"Soft Lights and Hard Country Music"1315Soft Lights and Hard Country Music
"That's What Makes the Juke Box Play"1110
"Two Lonely People"74Love Is What Life's All About
1979"It's a Cheating Situation" (w/ Janie Fricke)21It's a Cheating Situation
"Barstool Mountain"921
"I Cheated Me Right Out of You"11One of a Kind
1980"One of a Kind"13
"The Champ"2214The Champ
"Yesterday Once More"106
"Following the Feeling" (w/ Judy Bailey)10Following the Feeling
1981"My Woman Loves the Devil Out of Me"1525
"Rodeo Romeo"1012Rodeo Romeo
1982"Someday Soon"2136
"She's Not Really Cheatin' (She's Just Gettin' Even)"42She's Not Really Cheatin'
(She's Just Gettin' Even)
"Only If There Is Another You"1242
1983"I Still Love You in the Same Ol' Way"19I Still Love You in the Same Ol' Way
"Let's Get Over Them Together" (w/ Becky Hobbs)1027Devoted to Your Memory
"You're Gonna Lose Her Like That"3438
1984"It Took a Lot of Drinkin' (To Get That Woman Over Me)"31Motel Matches
"Woman Your Love"1212
1985"Barroom Roses"4534Barroom Roses
1986"One Man Band"4243You Haven't Heard the Last of Me
1987"'Til I'm Too Old to Die Young"610
"You Haven't Heard the Last of Me"11
1988"Americana"8No Regrets
"Ashes in the Wind"4761
"I Just Can't Say No to You"21*
1989"Many Mansions"34*Many Mansions
"Brotherly Love"53*
"This Night Won't Last Forever"49*

Singles with Joe Stampley

YearTitleChart positionsAlbum
US CountryCAN Country
1979"Just Good Ol' Boys"18Just Good Ol' Boys
"Holding the Bag"77
1980"Tell Ole I Ain't Here, He Better Get on Home"1115
1981"Hey Joe (Hey Moe)"108Hey Joe! Hey Moe!
"Honky Tonk Queen"1211
1984"Where's the Dress"88Alive and Well
"The Boy's Night Out"3624
1985"Daddy's Honky Tonk"4845
"Still on a Roll"

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