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Classic Rewind: Moe Bandy – ‘That’s What Makes The Jukebox Play’

4 responses to “Classic Rewind: Moe Bandy – ‘That’s What Makes The Jukebox Play’

  1. Ken May 7, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Moe’s #11 single hit from the summer of 1978. Unfortunately the audio on this clip is a bit distorted. Moe’s record was a remake of a Jimmy Work hit from more than two decades earlier. Here’s the original 1955 single:

  2. Paul W Dennis May 7, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Thanks for digging up the Jimmy Work clip. I remember Jimmy but I doubt that many here do

    • Ken May 8, 2015 at 9:14 am

      You’re welcome. To add some context, Jimmy’s first hit as a performer was a song that he wrote, “Making Believe.” It peaked at #5 in March 1955 on the Dot label. Kitty Wells classic Decca version [titled “Makin’ Believe”] climbed to #2 two weeks later. Lefty Frizzell released an excellent version for Columbia that failed to chart at that time but likely inspired Merle Haggard to record the song in the 1970’s. Hag charted it as the tag-along “B” side of his “Running Kind” single in 1978. Emmylou Harris superb rendition had earned her a #8 hit in 1977. Many other singers also recorded the song including Ray Charles. The song produced royalties for Jimmy Work decades after he wrote it. Work also penned the less remembered “Tennessee Border” that became a hit for both Red Foley (Decca) and Tennessee Ernie Ford (Capitol) in 1949.

  3. luckyoldsun May 8, 2015 at 1:14 am

    Funny, when I heard this song I thought, “Moe is so old-school that he’s the last person to still use the word ‘gay’ in its original meaning.”–i.e. “Some people seem so happy, They’re laughing and gay.”
    Then I found out that is was a remake of an old song.

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