Moe Bandy was inducted into the Walk of Fame on Wednesday, May 16, 2012.
Moe Bandy was born Marion Franklin Bandy, Jr., in Meridian on February 12, 1944. He was the grandson of the man who employed Jimmie Rodgers at the local railway yard and the son of a guitar-playing father and piano-playing mother who always had Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams records playing. The Bandy family relocated to San Antonio, Texas, when Moe (as his father nicknamed him) was six. Raised as a working cowboy, he would occasionally appear with his dad’s country band but focused more on his main early interest, bronco busting and bull riding, competing in rodeos professionally by age sixteen. His brother Mike became a celebrated bull rider, and the brothers were inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2007, but Moe, injured too often in the competitions, did most of his cowboy work in song. He started a long-time job as a sheet metal worker after finishing high school, and at night, beginning in 1962, appeared in San Antonio clubs with his country band, Moe and the Mavericks. Read more about Moe on the Mississippi Country Music Trail site
Bandy’s music consisted of songs about drinking, divorce, cheating, love and passion, all the things that are expressed through country music. Some of Bandy’s hits of the 1970’s were ” I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin’ Songs Today” and ” It Was Always So Easy To Find An Unhappy Woman ( Till I Started Lookin’ For Mine)”. Bandy’s country music first made a big hit in Britain in 1978. From there he was a guest star from time to time at the Grand Ole Opry, but he was never a regular member. Critics say that Bandy made his big break in the late 1970’s but rapidly fell back down on the charts. Critics suggest that a return to his roots was needed. Read more on the Mississippi Writers and Musicians site.