Moe Bandy (birth name – Marion Franklin Bandy, Jr.) is an American country music singer who had a few hit songs in the 1970s as a solo singer. Moe is also known for his collaborations with American country music singer Joe Stampley.
Bandy found success singing about cheating. He once said:
“There’s cheating, drinking and divorcing going on everywhere and that’s what hardcore country music is all about.”
Moe was born on February 12, 1944, in Meridian, Mississippi, USA. At age 6, Bandy moved to San Antonio, TX.
He was taught to play the guitar by his dad who had a country band called the Mission City Playboys. He said:
“My dad was a guitar player and he inspired me a lot.”
Bandy went on to say:
“My mother played the piano at church and at home. She loved to sing gospel songs and hymns.”
At age 16, Bandy started to compete with his brother in bronco-busting and bull-riding. He said about rodeo:
“I love the sport of rodeo. My grandfather rodeoed and my dad, and I was involved in it.”
However, his career as a rodeo rider came to a halt after he suffered several injuries.
In 1962, Bandy began to pursue a career in country music. Soon, Moe formed a musical group called ”Moe And The Mavericks.” They found work over a wide area around San Antonio.
In 1964, Moe released his first single, titled – “Lonely Girl.”
In March 1974, he got his first hit with the single – “I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin’ Songs Today.” It peaked at number 17 in the US country chart. The single was initially released on Footprint Record.
In the follow-up year, Bandy released the song – “Bandy The Rodeo Clown.” The song was written by his friend, Lefty Frizzell.
In 1979, Moe released the song “I Cheated Me Right Out of You.” It was his first solo number 1 single.
In the same year, Bandy and Janie Fricke released a song titled – “It’s a Cheating Situation.” The song won ACM Song of the Year.
Also in 1979, Moe and Joe Stampley recorded the single – “Just Good Ol’ Boys.” It stayed at number one for one week.
Bandy and Stampley formed a duo known as “Moe and Joe.” They released many hits, including – “Hey Joe (Hey Moe),” “Tell Ole I Ain’t Here,” and “Holding The Bag.”
During the 1980s, Moe released several duets, including with – Becky Hobbs (“Let’s Get Over Them Together”) and Judy Bailey (“Following The Feeling”).
In addition, he released numerous solo hits, including – “Till I’m Too Old To Die Young,” “She’s Not Really Cheatin’ (She’s Just Gettin’ Even),” “Rodeo Romeo,” and “Yesterday Once More.”
In 1986, he signed with record label MCA/Curb.
In 1989, Moe introduced his song “Americana” at George Bush’s Presidential Inauguration.
In 2020, Bandy released the album ”A Love Like That.”
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In 2018, Bandy released his autobiography entitled – ”Lucky Me Moe Bandy The Autobiography.” During an interview, Moe said about the book:
“I think it’s really healthy for you to write a book. I think anybody, whether it’s a singer or whatever, should write some kind of book.”
In a different interview, Bandy stated:
“I’ve been telling these stories for years and everybody kept saying, ‘You need to write a book.’”
Moe went on to say:
“So I did, with Scott England, and I’m really glad that I did it.”
From 1963 to 1997, Moe Bandy was married to Margaret Bandy. Currently, Bandy lives with his current wife, Tami, in Branson, Missouri.
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Bandy has 3 children.
“In country music, you can sing positive things.”
“There have been so many great marriages that have been ruined because of the cheating.”
“If I’d done all the things I sing about, I’d be dead.”
“It’s not that I don’t like other kinds of music,” he said, “but my voice and my music is what I do.”
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Moe was influenced by Hank Williams, a legendary country star who released 11 #1 singles between 1948 and 1953. Hank also released 35 Top-10 singles on the Western Best Sellers and Billboard Country charts.
In 2007, Bandy and his brother were inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Moe worked for his father as a sheet metal worker for about 12 years.
The singer was nicknamed ”Moe” by his father when he was a child.
Moe Bandy – Net Worth
Bandy earned most of his wealth from his music. He was one of the most popular country singers of the 1970s.
Moe has had 10 Number One hits and 40 Top Ten singles. Some of his hits are – Holding The Bag, You Haven’t Heard the Last of Me, Rodeo Romeo, I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin’ Songs Today, I Cheated Me Right Out of You, Barstool Mountain, Just Good Ol’ Boys, It’s A Cheatin’ Situation, Americana, Till I’m Too Old To Die Young, Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life, and Bandy The Rodeo Clown. Therefore, Moe Bandy has an estimated net worth of $2.8 million.
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