14 March 1911, Paterson, New Jersey, USA, d. 12 May 1975, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Born with a degenerative eye disease, Mooney studied piano as a child. In his early teens his sight failed but he continued with his music, forming a vocal duo with his brother, Danny, who was also blind. They named themselves the Sunshine Boys and were signed by Columbia Records in the late 20s. They made several records on some of which the backing bands included noted jazz musicians such as Tommy Dorsey and Carl Kress. In the early 30s the duo broke up and Mooney joined Frank Daileys band, which was later taken over by Buddy Rogers. With this band, which toured nationally, Mooney also sang, arranged and played the accordion. At the end of the decade he had established a reputation as an arranger, writing for and sometimes playing with noted band leaders including Paul Whiteman. In 1941, back in Paterson, Mooney formed his own band, a quartet in which he played piano...