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Gene Watson's Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!

All of Gene Watson's Peers, who were contacted during 2013, were most gracious with their time and words.

It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from
Moe Bandy, which he submitted to this site on Tuesday 16 July 2013.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Moe Bandy who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.



Moe Bandy
This quote was submitted on Tuesday 16 July 2013.

'I think Gene Watson is one of the greatest singers of our time.

It's always a thrill to do shows with him.

He's a singers singer and also a great friend'.

Thank you, Moe Bandy, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Moe Bandy...

Moe Bandy was born Marion Franklin Bandy Junior in Meridian, Mississippi on Saturday 12 February 1944. Marion, who was nicknamed Moe by his father when he was a child, grew up in the hometown of the legendary Jimmie Rodgers (8 September 1897 - Friday 26 May 1933).

Moe Bandy 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. Moe 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 materialised.

Moe Bandy 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. Moe tried bronco-busting and bull-riding and, by the time he was sixteen years old, he was competing in rodeos all over Texas.

In 1962, tired of the bruises and fractured bones, Moe Bandy 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 in Texas.

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 twelve years, during which time he made a few recordings for various small record labels.

In 1964, Moe Bandy had his first single, 'Lonely Lady', on the Satin Records label, but it made little impression. He did, however, 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 country music stars.

In 1973, Moe Bandy went solo when record producer Ray Baker, who had listened to Moe's demo recordings the previous year, suggested he come to Nashville. Moe 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 five hundred copies, 'I Just Started Hatin' Cheatin' Songs Today' soon came to the attention of the Atlanta-based GRC Records.

In March 1974, 'I Just Started Hatin' Cheatin' Songs Today' entered the Billboard country music singles chart, eventually peaking at No.17; the track also became the title track of Moe Bandy's debut album.
'I Just Started Hatin' Cheatin' Songs Today' (GRC Records, 1974) also included 'Honky Tonk Amnesia', which reached No.24 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1974.

Moe Bandy's second album, 'It Was Always So Easy' (GRC Records, 1974), was released in December 1974 and included two hit songs on the Billboard country music singles chart; 'It Was Always So Easy (To Find An Unhappy Woman)' reached No.7 in 1975, while 'Don't Anyone Make Love At Home Anymore' reached No.13 the same year.
'It Was Always So Easy' (GRC Records, 1974) included two Eddy Raven compositions, 'Somebody That Good' and 'One Thing Leads To Another'. The album also included 'I'm Looking For A New Way To Love You', a track that Moe Bandy had written with acclaimed country music songwriter Sanger D. Shafer.

Moe Bandy's third album, 'Bandy The Rodeo Clown' (GRC Records, 1975), was released in 1975; the title track was written by country music legend (and Moe Bandy's friend) Lefty Frizzell (Saturday 31 March 1928 - Saturday 19 July 1975) along with acclaimed country music songwriter Sanger D. Shafer.
'Bandy The Rodeo Clown' reached No.7 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1975 and firmly established Moe Bandy's reputation. 'Bandy The Rodeo Clown' became not only one of Moe's own favourites, but also one of his most popular recordings.
'Bandy The Rodeo Clown' (GRC Records, 1975) also included three Eddy Raven compositions, 'I Sure Don't Need That Memory Tonight', 'Fais Do Do' and 'Goodbye on Your Mind'.

In 1976, Moe Bandy met with immediate success when he signed a recording contract with Columbia Records and saw the release of 'Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life', which reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1976.
'Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life' (Columbia Records, 1976) also included 'Ring Around Rosie's Finger', which was written by Connie Smith.

Moe Bandy's fifth album, 'Here I Am Drunk Again' (Columbia Records, 1976) was released in 1976 and included two tracks, both of which reached No.11 on the Billboard country music singles chart, 'Here I Am Drunk Again' and 'She Took More Than Her Share'.
'Here I Am Drunk Again' (Columbia Records, 1976) also included Eddy Raven's 'Please Take Her Home', along with 'What Happened To Our Love', which Moe Bandy had written with acclaimed country music songwriter Sanger D. Shafer.

Moe Bandy's sixth album, 'I'm Sorry For You, My Friend' (Columbia Records, 1977) was released in 1977; the title track, which was written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953) for Lefty Frizzell (Saturday 31 March 1928 - Saturday 19 July 1975), reached No.9 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1977.

'I'm Sorry For You, My Friend' was recorded by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953) in December 1951; the track was subsequently included on 'Memorial Album' (MGM Records, 1956).
'I'm Sorry For You, My Friend' (Columbia Records, 1977) also included 'All The Beer And All My Friends Are Gone' (written by Bill Anderson and Mary Lou Turner).
'I'm Sorry For You, My Friend' (Columbia Records, 1977) included Sanger D. Shafer and Darlene Shafer's 'Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind', making Moe Bandy the first country music artist to record the song.

George Strait recorded 'Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind' and included the track on 'Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind' (MCA Records, 1984); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in January 1985.

Moe Bandy's seventh album, 'Cowboys Ain't Supposed to Cry' (Columbia Records, 1977) was released in 1977; the title track reached No.13 on the Billboard country music singles chart in late 1977.

Moe Bandy's eighth album, 'Soft Lights & Hard Country Music' (Columbia Records, 1978) was released in 1978; the title track reached No.13 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1978, while 'That's What Makes The Jukebox Play' reached No.11 the same year.

Moe Bandy's ninth album, 'Love Is What Life's All About' (Columbia Records, 1978), was released in 1978 and included one hit song; 'Two Lonely People' reached No.7 in late 1978. The album also included 'Love Is What Life's All About' and 'I Never Miss A Day (Missing You)', two tracks that Moe Bandy had participated in as a co-writer.

Chris LeDoux (Saturday 2 October 1948 - Wednesday 9 March 2005) recorded Moe Bandy's 'Chisum' (co-written with Sanger D. Shafer) and included the track on 'Cowboys Ain't Easy To Love' (Lucky Man Records, 1978).

Moe Bandy's tenth album, 'It's A Cheating Situation' (Columbia Records, 1979), was released in 1979; the title track, which reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1979, featured exquisite harmony vocals from Janie Fricke, while another track, 'Barstool Mountain', reached No.9.

In 1979, following an appearance at the Wembley Country Music Festival in London, England, Moe Bandy joined forces with fellow country music artist Joe Stampley and saw the release of the album 'Just Good Ol' Boys' (Columbia Records, 1979) in 1979.
The title track, which was written by Ansley Fleetwood (Joe Stampley's piano player) was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in September 1979, while 'Tell Ole I Ain't Here, He Better Go On Home' reached No.11 and 'Holding The Bag' reached No.7.

Moe Bandy's eleventh album, 'One Of A Kind' (Columbia Records, 1979), was released in December 1979 and included his first solo No.1 single; 'I Cheated Me Right Out Of You' was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in December 1979.
'One Of A Kind' (Columbia Records, 1979) also included 'One Of A Kind', which reached was No.13 on the Billboard country music singles chart in early 1980.

Moe Bandy's twelfth album, 'The Champ' (Columbia Records, 1980), was released in 1980 and included one hit single; 'Yesterday Once More' reached No.10 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1980.

Moe Bandy's thirteenth album, 'Following The Feeling' (Columbia Records, 1980), was released in 1980 and included two tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Following The Feeling', which was written by Charlie Craig (Friday 30 September 1938 - Friday 1 July 2011), was a duet with Judy Bailey (No.10, 1980)
'My Woman Loves The Devil Out Of Me' (No.15, 1980)

'Following The Feeling' (Columbia Records, 1980) also included 'Liquor Emotion', which was written by Moe Bandy.

Moe Bandy's 'Following The Feeling' (Columbia Records, 1980) also included 'It's You And Me Again' (written by Dan Mitchell and Johnny McCollum), which was a duet with Judy Bailey.

The duo of Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley became affectionately known as 'Moe & Joe' and the result of their pairing was overwhelming. They won 'Vocal Duo of the Year' Awards in 1980 from both the Academy of Country Music (ACM) and the Country Music Association (CMA).
Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley saw the release of their second album, 'Hey Joe, Hey Moe' (Columbia Records, 1981), in 1981.
The album included two hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart; 'Honky Tonk Queen' (No.12, 1981) and 'Hey Joe, Hey Moe' (No.10, 1981).

Moe Bandy's fourteenth album, 'Rodeo Romeo' (Columbia Records, 1981), was released in 1981 and included two songs, which were hits on the Billboard country music singles chart; 'Rodeo Romeo' (No.10, early 1982) and 'Someday Soon' (No.21, 1982).

Moe Bandy's fifteenth album, 'She's Not Really Cheating' (Columbia Records, 1982), was released in 1982 and included one hit single; 'She's Not Really Cheating' reached No.4 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1982.

Moe Bandy's sixteenth album, 'I Still Love You In The Same Old Way' (Columbia Records, 1982), was released in 1982, but no singles were released from it.

Moe Bandy's seventeenth album, 'Devoted To Your Memory' (Columbia Records, 1982), included one hit single; 'Let's Get Over Them Together', which was written by acclaimed song-writers Charlie Craig (1938 - Friday 1 July 2011) and Keith Stegall, was a duet with Becky Hobbs and reached No.10 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1983.

Moe Bandy's eighteenth album, 'Motel Matches' (Columbia Records, 1984), was released in 1984; one of the tracks included on the album was 'Texas Saturday Night', which Gene Watson included on his 'Heartaches, Love & Stuff' (MCA Records, 1984).

Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley saw the release of their third, and final, album, 'Alive & Well' (Columbia Records, 1984) in 1984.
The album included four hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart; 'Where's The Dress' (No.8, 1984), 'Boy's Night Out' (No.36, 1984), 'Daddy's Honky Tonk' (No.48, 1984) and 'Still On A roll' (No.58, 1984).

Before he departed Columbia Records in 1986, Moe Bandy saw the release of his final two albums for the label; 'Barroom Roses' (Columbia Records, 1985) and 'Keepin' It Country' (Columbia Records, 1985).

In 1987, Moe Bandy joined the roster at MCA Records and saw the release of 'You Haven't Heard The Last Of Me' (MCA Records, 1987).
The album included three hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart; 'One Man Band' (No.42, 1987), 'Till I'm Too Old To Die Young' (No.6, 1987) and 'You Haven't Heard The Last Of Me' (No.11, 1987).

In 1988, Moe Bandy joined the roster at Curb Records and saw the release of two albums that year; 'No Regrets' (Curb Records, 1988) and 'Many Mansions' (Curb Records, 1988).
'No Regrets' (Curb Records, 1988) included three hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart; 'Americana' (No.8, 1988), 'Ashes In The Wind' (No.47, 1988) and 'I Can't Say No To You' (No.21, 1988).
'Many Mansions' (Curb Records, 1988) included three hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart; 'Brotherly Love' (No.53, 1988), 'Many Mansions' (No.34, 1988) and 'This Night Won't Last Forever' (No.49, 1988).

Moe Bandy departed Curb Records in 1990. He opened his popular Americana Theatre in Branson, Missouri in 1991 and saw the release of 'Live In Branson' (Laserlight Records, 1993).

In 1995, Moe Bandy joined the roster at Intersound Records and saw the release of four albums on the label, 'Picture In A Frame' (Intersound Records, 1995), 'Gospel Favourites' (Intersound Records, 1995), 'Cowboy Christmas' (Intersound Records, 1996) and 'Act Naturally' (Intersound Records, 1997).

In 1996, Razor and Tie Records released the highly acclaimed compilation album 'Honky Tonk Amnesia: The Hard Country Sound of Moe Bandy' (Razor & Tie Records, 1996), a release that included twenty of Moe Bandy's greatest recordings.
Moe Bandy, along with his brother, Mike Bandy, a six time NFR bull riding qualifier, were inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2007.

Moe Bandy and Gene Watson pictured together in the 1980s


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