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Lee Moore
Born:  September 24, 1914
Died:  August 17, 1997
Country Music DJ Hall of Fame (2000)
WWVA Original Jamboree
KFNF Shenandoah, IA
WCHS Charleston, WV
WCMI Ashland, KY
WDBJ Roanoke, VA
WHIS Bluefield, WV
WIBK Knoxville, TN
WMMN Fairmont, WV
WPAQ Mount Airy, NC
WPAY Portsmouth, OH
WROL Knoxville, TN
WSAZ Huntington, WV
WSVA Harrisonburg, VA
WWVA Wheeling, WV

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.

WHO Barn Dance Frolic with Murray Sisters - Sumner, Iowa April 2, 1936 Murray Sisters - Sumner, Iowa April 8, 1936

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."

Mel and Stan Kentucky Twins Majestic 11022 Circa 1947

Mel and Stan Kentucky Twins Majestic 11022 Circa 1947

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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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

 
Cross Country
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  CX 506 A The Cat Came Back
  CX 506 B Stop Crackin' Peanuts
  CX 512 A Juke Box Banjo (w/Lee Moore's Banjoliers)
  CX 512 B She Married The Wrong, Wrong Man (w/Juanita Moore)
  CX 514 A His Truth Is Marching On (w/The Noteworthys)
  CX 514 B Juke Box Banjo (w/Lee Moore's Banjoleers)
  CX 516 A New Wildwood Flower
  CX 516 B Whispering Hope (w/Juanita Moore)
  CX 522 A Dark As A Dungeon
  CX 522 B My Own Sweet Darling Wife
  CX 525 A She Married The Wrong, Wrong Man (w/Juanita Moore)
  CX 525 B Where The Idaho Potatoes Grow (w/Juanita Moore)
  CX 526 A Let's Say Good-Bye Like We Said Hello
  CX 526 B Remember Me (w/Juanita Moore)
  CX 528 A The Love You Planted In My Heart (w/Juanita Moore)
  CX 528 B When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold (w/Juanita Moore)
  CX 530 A Paradise Valley (w/Juanita Moore)
  CX 530 B The Lord Is My Shepherd (w/Juanita Moore)
  CX 534 A Don't This Road Look Rough and Rocky (w/Juanita Moore)
  CX 534 B Sweetheart or Stranger (w/Juanita Moore)
 
Mark
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  M126 A I'll Be Lonesome When You're Gone
  M126 B Mansion On The Hill
 
Natural Sound
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  NS-2026 A Worried Man Blues
  NS-2026 B I Cried Again
 
Revonah Records
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  RS-710 A The Cat Came Back
  RS-710 B New Wildwood Flower
 
Tenn Can Records
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  TC-103 A Worried Man Blues
  TC-103 B I Cried Again
  TC-104 A I Saw The Light
  TC-104 B I Only Want A Buddy
 
Wheeling Records
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  EP 6001 A Oh So Many Tears
  EP 6001 A Think Of Me
  EP 6001 B Treasures Untold
  EP 6001 B Evening Time


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