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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

R.I.P. Jimmy Dean / Lattie Moore

Both Jimmy Dean and Lattie Moore passed away recently on June 13, 2010. While Jimmy Dean was a country music super star and famous for such hits as "Big Bad John", Lattie Moore was less famous but will be remembered by country and rockabilly lovers.

Dean was born in Plainsview, Texas, and started his career in the 1950s as a country singer. During the 1950s and 1960s, he notched up several hits, including his massive crossover "Big Bad John" in 1961. He later came to success with his own sausage brand.

Lattie Moore recorded numerous songs for various record labels in the 1950s and 1960s, including Starday and King. He was a country and rockabilly musician and is best rememberred by collectors for his "Juke Joint Johnnie", a song that was covered by such artists as Red Sovine and Eddie Bond.

2 comments:

jean-pierre said...

it's a bad years for rock'n'roll,doo wop and country music,but in heaven ,what a band,did i want to die?

bopping said...

Hi!
We miss now very big ones, but the artist I prefer (because more innovative to my ears) is Lattie Moore; who never got as commercial as Jimmy Dean. "Juke joint Johnny" on Speed was a proto-Rockabilly from 1952 (great piano), but you can also listen to "A Brand New Case Of Love"(King), "Why Did You Lie To Me" (Starday) among others on my site www.bopping.org, which includes a detailed biography of Moore.
Thanks for the posts, keep up the good work!
Greetings from France, Xavier.