Steel Guitariste US né le 16 Septembre 1928 à Duncan (Oklahoma). Ralph Mooney a joué avec de nombreux Country and Western artistes dont Buck Owens, Merle Haggard et à accompagné Waylon Jennings pendant deux décennies. Il est mort le 20 Mars 2011 à Kennedale (Texas).

Along with Speedy West, Buddy Emmons, and Pete Drake, Ralph Mooney was one of the true steel guitar innovators in country music. He was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, and first became interested in the instrument after hearing another steel pioneer, Leon McAuliffe. As a teenager in the '40s, Mooney moved to California, where he gradually developed his style by exhaustive playing with numerous bands, in both live and studio situations. In the '50s and '60s, Mooney was hired as a staff musician for Capitol Records, where he played on the early recordings of Buck Owens and is heard prominently on several Merle Haggard hits, including "Swinging Doors," "The Bottle Let Me Down," and "(All My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers." Throughout the years, Mooney left his mark on recordings by Wynn Stewart (that's his steel on "It's Such a Pretty World Today"), Warren Smith, Rose Maddox, Skeets McDonald, Bobby Austin, Bonnie Owens, Wanda Jackson, Donna Fargo, and Jessi Colter. His longest-running stint was with Waylon Jennings, whom Mooney joined in 1970 and stayed with until he retired in the early '90s. While Mooney was known mainly for his steel playing, he also dabbled in songwriting. His biggest hit was "Crazy Arms," which he co-wrote with Chuck Seals in the mid-'50s. Even though Mooney spent most of his life playing on the recordings of others, he did release an instrumental album on Capitol Records in 1968 called Corn Pickin' and Slick Slidin' with guitarist James Burton. Mooney died on March 19, 2011 of complications from cancer at his home in Kennedale, Texas. He was 82.

Talents : Steel Guitar

Style musical : Traditional Country, Bakersfield Sound

SNEAKY STRINGS (1968) (James Burton & Ralph Mooney)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10



03/1961 SP Challenge 59105 (US) Moonshine (instr.) / Release Me (instr.)
03/1968 SP CAPITOL 2140 (US) James BURTON & Ralph MOONEY - Corn Pickin' / The Texas Waltz


1968 LP 12" CAPITOL ST 2872 (US) CORN PICKIN' AND SLICK SLIDIN' - James BURTON & Ralph MONEY - Colombus Stockade Blues / I'm A Lonesome Fugitive / The Texas Waltz / My Elusive Dreams / It's Such A Pretty World Today / Corn Pickin' / Moonshine / Your Cheatin' Heart / Laura / Spanish Eyes / There Goes My Everything / Sneaky Strings
1997 CD TOPPA ? (US)

The Toppa Sessions - MOON AT MIDNIGHT - Moon At Midnight / Okie / Mooney (Vocals : Gene Davis) / Feelings (Vocals : Gene Davis) / Crazy Arms / Lil Red Wagon / I Can't Help It / I'll Fly Away / What A Friend We Have In Jesus

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