Joyce Moore was only twelve years old when in 1945 she appeared over radio
station WSIX in Nashville, Tennessee. She was featured on a children's
amateur show called "The Little Red School House". Her talents won first
prize twice. She had previously lived
in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. She graduated from high
school in Sturgis, Kentucky.
By 1953, she was recording for the RCA Victor label and had released
a couple of records.
How she got her recording contract is the story often told in the music
business. Joyce had a job at the Vanderbilt University library
and decided one lunch hour to go to WSM and do an audition. We presume
that an appointment had been made before hand. The Solemn Ole Judge George
D. Hay, Webb Pierce and Jim Denny (who headed up the WSM Artist's Bureau at
the time) all heard her efforts during that audition and liked what they
heard which led to Steve Sholes at RCA being contacted. It didn't take
long for Steve to get Joyce under contract with RCA.
Credits & Sources
- Country Song Roundup No. 27; December 1953;
American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT
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