About The Artist
Lee Moore had a long career in radio both as a vocalist and in later years was even more remembered as a disc jockey.
A native of Circleville in Pickaway County in south central Ohio, Lee listened to radio and developed an early interest in music associated with cowboys and the West. He made his first radio appearance on WAIU in Columbus. After finishing high school Lee toured with a show group but landed his first radio job at WPAY in Portsmouth, Ohio. He soon moved to stations upstream in Ashland and Huntington.
In 1938, he came to WCHS in Charleston, West Virginia where he met a girl known as Juanita [Pickelsimer], the Gal from the Hills, whom he married that November. For the next 22 years they were a popular country duet, working a year or two at various locations. In 1940, they had son Roger who they added to their act.
In 1950, they came to WWVA in Wheeling and the popular "Jamboree." In 1953, they began recording for the New Jersey-based Cross Country label. About half of the numbers were duets and the others solos by Lee.
That same year, Lee added late night DJ chores to his work at WWVA where he became known as the "Coffee Drinkin' Night Hawk."
As the decade wore on, his and Juanita's relationship became strained. They split in 1960 although Lee continued to work both as artist and DJ at WWVA. About that time Lee recorded a four-song extended-play album on the Wheeling label.
During the 1960s Lee continued to record while shifting more toward long-play albums: two each for Rural Rhythm in the USA and two for ARC in Canada as well as an EP for Essgee and a 45 for Emperor, two singles for Joe Bussard's Fonotone label.
As DJ work lost some of its unique individual style, he dropped that phase of his work, but continued with the Jamboree until 1974.
By then, Moore had remarried and relocated to Wynantskill, New York where his wife Thelma resided. He continued to be semi-active in music, recording some eight-track tapes and some singles on small labels such as Tenn-Can and Revonah including a new cut of his signature song "The Cat Came Back."
Those who knew him in that period, knew him has a valuable source of knowledge about country music.
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