Billie Moore, 12 May 1920, Energy, Hamilton County, Texas, USA, d. 15 December 1987, Jackpot, Nevada, USA. His mother taught piano, but as a child, he learned to play fiddle from his grandfather and was soon playing for dances with a group that included his mother. After also learning guitar, he played with some school friends, in the Clod Hoppers, until 1937. In the next few years, he played in a jazz trio in Mobile, Alabama, with Lloyd Ellis and at Rayne, Louisiana with the Rainbow Ramblers, a Cajun band, before relocating to Houston, where he played on radio with the Crustene Ranch Gang. He also became an accomplished mandolinist. Between 1943 and 1945, he served in the US Air Force. (His nickname came from an humorist, who thought it an amusing way to describe his 19 stone). In 1946, he joined Bob Wills Texas Playboys, where he played electric mandolin and fiddle. He toured and recorded with Wills on the 1946/7 Tiffany Transcriptions and at several other...