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Lattie Moore


LATTIE MOORE (by Dik de Heer)

Born Lattie Harrison Moore, 17 October 1924, Scottsville, Kentucky

Hillbilly / rockabilly singer, songwriter.
Before I bought his Westside CD, the name Lattie Moore meant almost
nothing to me. His name is not widely known, but he has made many
fine country recordings and also some more rocking sides. His
principal influence was Hank Williams and perhaps his records often
loomed too close to Hank's to have any truly independent influence of
their own.

His first record, "Hideaway Heart"/"Married Troubles" (the latter
surely not autobiographical - Lattie has been married to Maxine Frost
since December 1944), on the Arrow label from Indianapolis, is very
rare. One year after this 1951 debut came the recording that can be
considered as the first rock 'n' roll record out of Nashville, though
at the time nobody knew it. It is the original version of "Juke Joint
Johnny" (Lattie's own com-position), recorded for the Speed label.
Lots of people have cut this song, including Red Sovine, Eddie Bond
and Jim Atkins and the Pinetoppers. Lattie himself did a flat-out
rock 'n' roll version (as "Juke Box Johnnie") in December 1956, for
Arc Records. He cut 25 tracks for King, over two periods: 1953-1956
and 1959-1963. In 1958 he made two good singles for Starday, "Why Did
You Lie To Me" and "Too Hot To Handle". His only chart entry
was "Drunk Again" (King 5413) in 1961 (# 25 country). Another
drinking song, "Out Of Control", was co-written with George Jones.
Both men recorded their own version, the Jones record being the
biggest seller. After leaving King for a second time in 1963, Moore
recorded only one LP and a single for Derbytown, though he continued
to perform well into the seventies. He underwent laser surgery for
throat cancer in 1986 and recovered from a quadruple heart bypass
operation in 1999. Now, he says, he's fine and keeps fit by walking
30 minutes every morning.

Here is Lattie's discography, it's not complete. Perhaps someone
has 'American music' magazine and can fill the gaps.

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LATTIE MOORE discography (Tapio)
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Arrow ?
Hideaway Blues/Married Troubles
Speed 101 (52)
Juke Joint Johnny/It's Good Enough For You
Speed 105 (52)
Baby, I'll Soon Be Gone/My First Love
King 1194 (53)
Foolish Castles/I'm Gonna Tell You Something
King 1228 (53)
I'm Not Broke But I'm Badly Bent/Don't Trade The Old For The New
King 1250 (53)
I Gotta Go Home (And Catch Up On My Sleep)/A Brand New Case Of Love
King Unissued (53)
Pin Ball Boogie
King 1327 (54)
They're Not Worth The Paper They're Written On/Under A Mexico Moon
King 1350 (54)
Pull Down The Blinds/What Am I Supposed To Do
King 4955 (56)
Lonesome Man Blues/100,000 Women Can't Be Wrong
Arc 8005 (57)
Juke Box Johnnie/Pretty Woman Blues
Starday 403 (58)
Why Did You Lie To Me/You Never Looked Sweeter
Starday 441 (59)
Too Hot To Handle/Just A Waitin'
King 5370 (60)
Cajun Doll/Mine Again
King 5413 (60)
(Here I Am) Drunk Again/Driving Nails (In My Coffin)
King 5526 (6?)
If The Good Lord's Willing And The Creeks Don't Rise/Sundown And
Sorrow
King 5685 (6?)
I Told You So/Heaven All Round Me
King 5723 (6?)
Just About Then/Out Of Control
King 5762 (63)
Honky Tonk Heaven/Lonesome Man Blues
WPL 1001 (71) w/ Thee Sounds
Old Ex Husbands/Best Year Of Your Life
Quitz 3112-9. (??) stereo, alt versions
Mine Again/Here I Am, Drunk Again

Lattie Moore on Saga and Olympic is not the same artist.

The Best Of Lattie Moore, Audio Lab LP 1555
Foolish Castles/I'm Gonna Tell You Something/I'm Not Broke But I'm
Badly Bent/Don't Trade The Old For The New/They're Not Worth The
Paper They're Written On/Under A Mexico Moon/Pull Down The
Blinds/What Am I Supposed
To Do/Lonesome Man Blues/100,000 Women Can't Be Wrong

Lattie Moore: Country Side, Audio Lab LP 1573
Don't Trade The Old For The New/I Gotta Go Home (And Catch Up On My
Sleep)/A Brand New Case Of Love/If The Good Lord's Willing And The
Creeks Don't Rise/Sundown And Sorrow/Cajun Doll/Mine Again/(Here I
Am) Drunk Again/Driving Nails (In My Coffin)/Out Of Control

Lattie Moore: "You Can't Make Hay Pickin' Cotton" Derby Town LP 102,
1971
You Can't Make Hay Pickin' Cotton/Tall Man/A Doubt Appeared/Come Back
And Be A Wife/A Sadness I Feel/Bottle By Bottle/Here I Am Drunk
Again/Juke Box Johnny/Out Of control/Let's Be Sweethearts Again/This
Is The Right Time/You
Never Looked Better

VA: "Nashville Country Rock" "Hillbillies On Speed" (Redita RLP 116)
Juke Joint Johnny/Baby I'll Soon Be Gone/It's Good Enough For You

Lattie Moore: The Juke Box Johnny (Revival 3015)
Juke Box Johnny/Pretty Woman Blues/I'm Not Broke I'm Badly
Bent/100,000 Women Can't Be Wrong/Don't Trade The Old For The
New/Under A Mexico Moon/Pull Down The Blinds/I'm Gonna Tell You
Something//Juke Joint Johnny/Baby I'll Be Gone/Here Am I Drunk
Again/Cajun Doll/ A Brand New Case Of Love/Driving Nails/The Creek
Don't Rise/Sundown And Sorrow

"I'm Not Broke But I'm Badly Bent" -
The best of the King-Starday recordings 1953-63, West Side WESF 109.

Some of his SPEED sides are on the "Tennessee Jive" 8CD Box from Bear
Family

- Tapio






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