Ralph Mooney

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s
Links online: Biography

Biography

16 September 1928, Duncan, Oklahoma, USA. Mooney became one of country music’s finest steel guitar players and during his career he played in the bands of many stars. He also ensured that his name would be remembered as co-author with Chuck Seals of the country standard ‘Crazy Arms’. He became interested in music as a child and after relocating to live with a sister in California, he was taught to play guitar, mandolin and fiddle. He later stated that until he was 12 he had never seen a steel guitar but soon became attracted to the instrument after hearing Leon McAuliffe’s recording of ‘Steel Guitar Rag’. Using a knife as a bar he learned to play the number on his flat top guitar. He first played in several amateur bands and for a time worked for the Douglas Aircraft Company. After appearing with local band Merle Lindsey And His Oklahoma Nightriders, he joined Skeets McDonald’s band with whom he made his first recordings. He...

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