December 28

What’s In A Song: Moe Bandy’s Bandy The Rodeo Clown

Bandy The Rodeo Clown is a song that was originally recorded and co-written by country singers Lefty Frizzell and Sanger D. Shafer. The song was later on popularized by Moe Bandy, a country music artist who was most famous in influential during the 1970’s.

It is widely known that Moe Bandy has had a very triumphant career especially during the peak of his fame as a recording artist. However, not everybody is familiar with the story behind some of his greatest hits, particularly his 1975 hit, Bandy The Rodeo Clown.

In truth, Bandy The Rodeo Clown is the very song that helped establish Moe Bandy as a formidable country artist. It also happens to be his personal favorite among all of the songs he released.

What makes this song extra special?

To start off, this track served as the title track of his third studio album. It was also the last single Bandy released under GRC Records. One of the song’s original writers, Lefty Frizzell, happened to be a good friend of Bandy’s. When Bandy recorded the song in 1975, Lefty passed away due to stroke.

Delving into the message of Bandy The Rodeo Clown’s lyrics, it depicts Moe as the centerpiece and the protagonist of the song.

In it, Moe is a rodeo clown who laughs and finds the humor in the physical hardships and grueling emotional stresses that come daily with the nature of his job.

In one of his articles, Allmusic journalist Stephen Thomas Erlewine even describes the song as one that hints at a particularly good-natured persona that would soon dominate Columbia Records.

In addition, Bandy The Rodeo Clown takes Moe back to his earlier memories, then his love and passion for rodeos were stronger than his interest in music. In fact, when he was 16 years old, his brother and he would often participate and compete in rodeos across Texas. It was only after Moe grew exhausted with all the fractured bones and bruises he gained from all the competitions that he finally stopped and instead went on to pursue a career in music.

Moe Bandy’s song peaked at number 7 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles and at number 4 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks.


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