|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||country rockabilly western swing hillbilly boogie classic country blues honky tonk|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Aubrey Mullican, 29 March 1909, Corrigan, Polk County, Texas, USA, d. 1 January 1967, Beaumont, Texas, USA. Mullican was raised on a farm that was manned by black workers. One sharecropper, Joe Jones, taught Mullican how to play blues guitar. His father bought an old pump organ so that the family could practise hymn-singing, but Aubrey preferred to pound out boogie-woogie and the blues. When Mullican was 14 years old, he went into a cafe in nearby Lufkin and sat at the piano; he came out two hours later with $40 in tips. When aged 16, and after an argument with his father, he moved to Houston and started playing the piano in brothels and honky tonks. He would work all night and sleep all day, hence his nickname Moon. In the late 30s Mullican made his first recordings for Decca Records as part of Cliff Bruners Texas Wanderers, taking the lead vocal for Truck Drivers Blues, arguably the first trucking song. He also recorded as part...