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Bandy in 1977.
|Birth name||Marion Franklin Bandy, Jr.|
February 12, 1944|
Meridian, Mississippi, United States
|Labels||GRC, Columbia, Curb|
|Associated acts||Joe Stampley, Becky Hobbs, Judy Bailey|
Marion Franklin "Moe" Bandy, Jr. (born February 12, 1944) 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.
Early life and recordings
Marion Bandy was born in Meridian, Mississippi, hometown of the country singer 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."
He was nicknamed Moe by his father when he was a child. The Bandy family moved to San Antonio, Texas when Moe was six. His mother played piano and sang. Bandy was taught to play the guitar by his father who had a country band called the Mission City Playboys, 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 the Mission City Playboys but generally during his high school years he showed little interest in music and a great deal of interest in rodeos. He tried bronco-busting and bull riding and by the time he was 16, both he and his brother Mike were competing in rodeos all over Texas.
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. 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, a job that lasted for 12 years, during which time he made a few recordings for various small labels. In 1964, he had his first single, "Lonely Girl", on the San Antonio based 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 his demos, suggested that he come to Nashville, Tennessee. Moe Bandy obtained 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 chart, eventually peaking at number 17. Other minor 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 7 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 showed the distinct influence of 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".
In 1979, he achieved his first solo number 1 with "I Cheated Me Right Out of You".
That same year, in 1979, Bandy joined forces with Joe Stampley and recorded a tongue in cheek novelty single: "Just Good Ol' Boys". The song went on to top the country chart and it led to a continuation of their partnership. The duo, commonly known as "Moe and Joe", had more novelty hits between 1979 and 1985, including "Holding The Bag", "Tell Ole I Ain't Here", and "Hey Joe (Hey Moe)". In 1984, they ran into copyright problems with their parody of the then-current Boy George/Culture Club phenomenon: "Where's The Dress" used the guitar-riff introduction from Culture Club's hit "Karma Chameleon", which reached #1 for 3 weeks on the Billboard pop chart early that year. "Where's the Dress" peaked inside the Top Ten, at #8 on the country charts.
During the 1980s, Bandy maintained a steady line of solo successes, including "Yesterday Once More", "Rodeo Romeo", "She's Not Really Cheatin' (She's Just Gettin' Even)", and "Till I'm Too Old To Die Young".
Bandy also registered duet successes with Judy Bailey ("Following The Feeling") and Becky Hobbs ("Let's Get Over Them Together"). Over the years, he maintained a touring schedule estimated at 250 to 300 days a year and appeared on numerous network television shows. In later years, he cut back considerably on his schedule. He was never a regular Grand Ole Opry member, but has made guest appearances from time to time.
Bandy summed up his music when he said, "I really think my songs are about life. There's cheating, drinking and divorcing going on everywhere and that's what hardcore country music is all about." He added: "If I'd done all the things I sing about, I'd be dead."
Critics reviewing some of his later recordings wrote that it was strange that at a time when more artists were actually recording his type of music, some of his recordings were spoiled by string and/or choir arrangements, and advised that an immediate return to his roots was necessary. Bandy opened his popular Americana Theatre in Branson, Missouri in 1991 and performs frequently there.
|US Country||CAN Country|
|1974||I Just Started Hatin' Cheatin' Songs Today||11||—||GRC|
|It Was Always So Easy||9||—|
|1975||Bandy the Rodeo Clown||27||—|
|1976||Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life||13||—||Columbia|
|Here I Am Drunk Again||17||—|
|1977||I'm Sorry for You My Friend||18||—|
|Cowboys Ain't Supposed to Cry||22||—|
|1978||Soft Lights and Hard Country Music||34||5|
|Love Is What Life's All About||33||—|
|1979||It's a Cheating Situation||19||13|
|One of a Kind||44||—|
|Following the Feeling||44||—|
|1982||She's Not Really Cheatin' (She's Just Gettin' Even)||19||—|
|Salutes the American Cowboy / Songs of the American Cowboy||—||—||Warwick|
|I Still Love You in the Same Ol' Way||—||—||Columbia|
|1983||Sings Songs of Hank Williams||—||—|
|Devoted To Your Memory||41||—|
|1985||Keepin' It Country||—||—|
|1987||You Haven't Heard the Last of Me||10||—||MCA|
|1993||Live in Branson, MO USA||—||—||Laserlight|
|1995||Picture in a Frame||—||—||Intersound|
|1996||A Cowboy Christmas||—||—|
|2005||Too Old to Die Young||—||—||Pegasus|
|2007||Legendary Country||—||—||Sweetsong Nashville|
|2016||Lucky Me||—||—||Bandy Productions|
Albums with Joe Stampley
|1979||Just Good Ol' Boys||11||—||Columbia|
|1981||Hey Joe! Hey Moe!||23||170|
|1984||The Good Ol Boys Alive and Well||21||—|
|1985||Live from Bad Bob's, Memphis||—||—|
|2000||Live at Billy Bob's Texas||—||—||Smith|
|US Country||CAN Country|
|1974||"I Just Started Hatin' Cheatin' Songs Today"||17||—||I Just Started Hatin' Cheatin' Songs|
|"Honky Tonk Amnesia"||24||48|
|"It Was Always So Easy (To Find An Unhappy Woman)"||7||7||It Was Always So Easy|
|1975||"Don't Anyone Make Love at Home Anymore"||13||24|
|"Bandy the Rodeo Clown"||7||4||Bandy the Rodeo Clown|
|"Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life"||2||3||Hank Williams You Wrote My Life|
|1976||"The Biggest Airport in the World"||27||22|
|"Here I Am Drunk Again"||11||13||Here I Am Drunk Again|
|"She Took More Than Her Share"||11||—|
|1977||"I'm Sorry for You, My Friend"||9||9||I'm Sorry for You My Friend|
|"Cowboys Ain't Supposed to Cry"||13||33||Cowboys Ain't Supposed to Cry|
|"She Just Loved the Cheatin' Out of Me"||11||2|
|1978||"Soft Lights and Hard Country Music"||13||15||Soft Lights and Hard Country Music|
|"That's What Makes the Juke Box Play"||11||10|
|"Two Lonely People"||7||4||Love Is What Life's All About|
|1979||"It's a Cheating Situation" (with Janie Fricke)||2||1||It's a Cheating Situation|
|"I Cheated Me Right Out of You"||1||1||One of a Kind|
|1980||"One of a Kind"||13||—|
|"The Champ"||22||14||The Champ|
|"Yesterday Once More"||10||6|
|"Following the Feeling" (with Judy Bailey)||10||—||Following the Feeling|
|1981||"My Woman Loves the Devil Out of Me"||15||25|
|"Rodeo Romeo"||10||12||Rodeo Romeo|
|"She's Not Really Cheatin' (She's Just Gettin' Even)"||4||2||She's Not Really Cheatin' (She's Just Gettin' Even)|
|"Only If There Is Another You"||12||42|
|1983||"I Still Love You in the Same Ol' Way"||19||—||I Still Love You in the Same Ol' Way|
|"Let's Get Over Them Together" (with Becky Hobbs)||10||27||Devoted to Your Memory|
|"You're Gonna Lose Her Like That"||34||38|
|1984||"It Took a Lot of Drinkin' (To Get That Woman Over Me)"||31||—||Motel Matches|
|"Woman Your Love"||12||12|
|1985||"Barroom Roses"||45||34||Barroom Roses|
|1986||"One Man Band"||42||43||You Haven't Heard the Last of Me|
|1987||"Till I'm Too Old to Die Young"||6||10|
|"You Haven't Heard the Last of Me"||11||—|
|"Ashes in the Wind"||47||61|
|"I Just Can't Say No to You"||21||—|
|1989||"Many Mansions"||34||—||Many Mansions|
|"This Night Won't Last Forever"||49||—|
|1990||"Pardon Me" (with Becky Hobbs)||—A||—||Greatest Hits (1990)|
|"Nobody Gets Off in This Town"||—||—||No Regrets|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
- A "Pardon Me" did not chart on Hot Country Songs, but peaked at No. 2 on Hot Country Radio Breakouts.
Singles with Joe Stampley
|US Country||CAN Country|
|1979||"Just Good Ol' Boys"||1||8||Just Good Ol' Boys|
|"Holding the Bag"||7||7|
|1980||"Tell Ole I Ain't Here, He Better Get on Home"||11||15|
|1981||"Hey Joe (Hey Moe)"||10||8||Hey Joe! Hey Moe!|
|"Honky Tonk Queen"||12||11|
|1984||"Where's the Dress"||8||8||Alive and Well|
|"The Boy's Night Out"||36||24|
|1985||"Daddy's Honky Tonk"||48||45|
|"Still on a Roll"||58||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|