100 Years Ago Today- The Late Western Swing Musical Great Billie “Tiny” Moore Was Born

100 years ago today (5/12/1920) the late western swing mandolinist Billie “Tiny” Moore was born. Known for incorporating a then-novel mixture of country blues and jazz into his rather rural sounding instrument, Moore played the electric mandolin and fiddle with Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys in the 1940s and played with The Strangers and Merle Haggard during the 1970s and 1980s. Moore passed away in 1987 but in 1999 was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in as a member of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. Watch this rare mandolin special from Austin City Limits featuring Moore along with Jethro Burns and Johnny Gimble.

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