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Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA

Sourdough 28 Sep 00 - 03:01 PM
Steve Latimer 28 Sep 00 - 03:50 PM
Ebbie 28 Sep 00 - 04:13 PM
GUEST,Allan S. 28 Sep 00 - 07:02 PM
catspaw49 28 Sep 00 - 07:25 PM
kendall 28 Sep 00 - 07:45 PM
Ebbie 28 Sep 00 - 08:03 PM
Ebbie 28 Sep 00 - 08:06 PM
Amos 28 Sep 00 - 09:47 PM
Dale Rose 28 Sep 00 - 10:46 PM
jofield 28 Sep 00 - 11:26 PM
Sourdough 28 Sep 00 - 11:30 PM
jofield 28 Sep 00 - 11:43 PM
Ebbie 28 Sep 00 - 11:44 PM
Sourdough 28 Sep 00 - 11:47 PM
GUEST,Allan S. 29 Sep 00 - 07:17 PM
kendall 29 Sep 00 - 07:24 PM
Rick Fielding 29 Sep 00 - 08:15 PM
GUEST,georgeward 30 Sep 00 - 02:21 AM
Rick Fielding 30 Sep 00 - 12:15 PM
Ebbie 30 Sep 00 - 12:42 PM
MAG (inactive) 30 Sep 00 - 01:54 PM
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Amos 30 Sep 00 - 07:40 PM
kendall 30 Sep 00 - 11:02 PM
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kendall 01 Oct 00 - 08:04 AM
Dale Rose 01 Oct 00 - 04:13 PM
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kendall 02 Oct 00 - 07:28 PM
Sourdough 02 Oct 00 - 10:21 PM
kendall 03 Oct 00 - 09:16 AM
Dale Rose 03 Oct 00 - 09:34 AM
kendall 03 Oct 00 - 12:21 PM
Dale Rose 07 Oct 00 - 05:32 PM
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GUEST,ALLAN S 01 Apr 04 - 02:30 PM
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Inükshük 02 Apr 04 - 03:14 PM
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Subject: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Sourdough
Date: 28 Sep 00 - 03:01 PM

It was a delightful surprise to see that I share the memories of Lee Moore with other Mudcatters. I used to be sitting up late in my bedroom in New Hampshire listening to Lee Moore, "the coffee drinking nighthawk". I loved it when he took down his guitar and played , "The Cat Came Back". Another thing that stands out in memory is the recitation of "The Truckdriver's Prayer".

The ads were wonderful, too. I, too, remember the Last Supper Tablecloth. Were there napkins for each apostle, a setting for fourteen? Was there a Jesus napkin? Was there a Judas napkin?

Sourdough


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 28 Sep 00 - 03:50 PM

I have never heard him, but my Uncles who live in New York have mentioned him (and the ads)fondly many times.

I have been to the Capital Music Hall in Wheeling a few times to see Willie Nelson. The WWVA studio is still just inside the lobby and I believe they broadcast all the live shows from there. A magical place.

The Bridge Tavern right across the road has some special memories too.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Ebbie
Date: 28 Sep 00 - 04:13 PM

Oh, what fun! I remember 'Old Lee Moore' fondly. My youngest brother would come wake me at 1:00 to hear the theme song, Little Home in West Virginia. Do you remember the tune? I still love it. Part of the tune is from a Carter family song but the third part is unique, I believe.

Ebbie


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,Allan S.
Date: 28 Sep 00 - 07:02 PM

Hi there sourdough As soon as I saw the thread I knew it had to be you What about the genuine composite granite tomb stone. and 100 baby chicks for $4:00 unsexed of course at that price. Garantied to be Polurum tested. { Polurum was a disease that would go through a flock with a high motarilty rate.} The trick was that they were tested but one never knew if they were positive or negative. It is like being tested for VD but not telling the results. It was a great joke to send 100 chicks to someone you didnt like also If I remember someone sent a tombstone to our house mother at U-Conn I thing Frank Collin put the Holy table cloth to music and sndg it at one of the Hoots. Something about a neon crucifix also included Yes great times at Boy Scout camp turning off the elec. lights lighting a kerosine.lamp and turning on the radio to WWVA Wasn't Wilma Lee on the program also????


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: catspaw49
Date: 28 Sep 00 - 07:25 PM

Gawd yes.....WWVA........I grew up about 50 miles from Wheeling in east Ohio and there were only two kinds of folks there; people who listened to WWVA and people who didn't listen to the radio.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: kendall
Date: 28 Sep 00 - 07:45 PM

Back in the 50's when I was in the CGC COOS BAY, when we were up in the Davis straits, WWVA was the only station that would come in. We country boys loved it..the city boys hated it. Years later, I got to meet Lee. We were both on the bill at Smokey Greens bluegrass festival at Porter Corners N.Y. He died a couple of years ago, the end of an era. He really was one of a kind. And by the way, he is the only one I ever heard sing the original lyrics to Wildwood Flower.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Ebbie
Date: 28 Sep 00 - 08:03 PM

HA! That must be where I got my distaste for the A.P. Carter version of Wildwood Flower! I love the original. Carter's version, pardon my opinion, makes no sense, a'tall, a'tall.

Ebbie


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Ebbie
Date: 28 Sep 00 - 08:06 PM

"In his crown I will sway", instead of "And the crowd I will sway", indeed. Not to mention, "eyes like bright blue". And lots of other unforgettable lines. I just hope someone will take up the cudgel for Carter's version. I will bonk him on the head with his own petard. Hahhahhah

Ebbie


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Amos
Date: 28 Sep 00 - 09:47 PM

HOTTT DANG! I used to love ta choon inta him and listened with rapt attention as he would loudly unscrew the lid of a Nescafe jar and make what he so blithely called coffee. He'd play the darndest songs! And recite the truckdrivers prayer and offer autographed placemats with a picture of Jesus and the Twelve Disciples on 'em....

When I would sneak out of the house as a 17-year-old wildnik and go cruising for burgers down the Connecticut Thruway in the early Sixties, we would always hoot and holler over chunes like "Winder Shoppin'".

But either through a glitch in my memory or just bad reception, I have always remembered his handle as "The Coffee-Drinking Night Owl" rather than hawk. No never mind. I can still here that overly-earnest twang comin' to all the Friends and Neighbors from DoubleyaDoubleyaVeeeeeAy:


C~~~~~~~C7~~~~~~
Just winder SHOPpin'
F~~~~~~~C~~~
Just winder SHOPpin'
C~~~~~~~~~~D7~~~~~~~~G
Fer anyone who's fool eeeNUF to fall.
C~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~C7
Yew don' know REEL luhve;
F~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Yew never FEEL luhve;
G~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~G7
Yer jus' winder SHOPpin'
G7~~C
Is all!

Yeeeehaaaa. Thanks for the memories!

A


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Dale Rose
Date: 28 Sep 00 - 10:46 PM

I have a recording of Little Home In West Virginia . . . somewhere. Friends of mine used to do it every now and then. Haven't heard them do it in several years though. Great tune.

I also have a recording of Wildwood Flower, pre-Carter. Guess maybe I ought to look them up and post them.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: jofield
Date: 28 Sep 00 - 11:26 PM

Lee Moore gave a whole generation of Northeastern urbanites like me their first exposure to real country music -- thanks to the mighty northward beam of WWVA. He deserves a place alongside the recently much celebrated Harry Smith for bringing a breath of the "old, free America" into our darkened bedrooms. It was listening to WWVA while I was in high-school that prepared me for total immersion in bluegrass and roots music when the folk boom came along.

James, in Bristol, R.I.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Sourdough
Date: 28 Sep 00 - 11:30 PM

Allan S.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: jofield
Date: 28 Sep 00 - 11:43 PM

Someone give Sourdough a smart whack on the back.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Ebbie
Date: 28 Sep 00 - 11:44 PM

Allan S. here- whatta you want?


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Sourdough
Date: 28 Sep 00 - 11:47 PM

Okay, Allan, I guess I have your attention (I have no idea why the cyber burp just took place)....

Could it be that the person who did the Lee Moore satire be Peter Stampfael's partner in the Holy Modal Rounders? I can't remember his name but he was very funny. I saw him do the piece at the Cafe Wha! in Greenwich Village about the first year of Indian Neck or so. It included the tablecloth of the Last Supper as well as the bible that miraculously saved a man's life when it turned the blade away from his heart (it turned out that the bible was bound in 1/4" steel plate.)

Joefield: I could have said the same thing but you made me appreciate how much of an effect he had on my life. He also gave me an appreciation for the life of a truck driver - something else that has stuck with me since those days.

Sourdough


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,Allan S.
Date: 29 Sep 00 - 07:17 PM

Sitting here with a bad cold. No it was frank who did the tablecloth and a few others of a religious ?? nature. Will probably see hin in Oct at the reunion and will try to get hin to sing them if he remembers the song.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: kendall
Date: 29 Sep 00 - 07:24 PM

Does anyone remember Genial Gene Hooper? He was on WWVA for a while. He is a first cousin of mine.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 29 Sep 00 - 08:15 PM

Nice memory "dough". About three months ago, Lonesome Lee's guitar (a D-45) came up for sale at the 12th fret here in Toronto. Lovely guitar, complete with pictures in the case. Over 10 grand too! Believe it went to a Japanese collector. Man I'd like to have bought that.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,georgeward
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 02:21 AM

Synchronicity strikes again. Friday night at Caffe Lena, Adirondack storyteller Bill Smith got going on Lee and wound up singing his version of "Wildwood Flower". He went on a bit about how much Lee influenced the musical tastes of rural folk in northern NY. And I was sitting there recalling (and agreeing with) James's post about Lee's influence on budding citybillies.

It got me wondering, how far did WWVA's signal reach in those days? Kendall's given us one clue. Bill Smith lives near the Canadian border in northern NY. Sourdough says New Hampshire. Who else pulled in Lee from afar?


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 12:15 PM

I sure got him in Baie d'Urfe Quebec. (about 100 miles from the Vermont border) He was a welcome change from Bing Crosby, Frank S., The Andrews Sisters and Lawrence Welk.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Ebbie
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 12:42 PM

I have two friends here in Alaska who listened to wwva in their youth. One lived in New Jersey, the other in Maine. I lived in Virginia. It's a kick discovering that we know all the same songs!

Has the station changed? Has anyone heard it recently?

I'm sorry to hear that Lee Moore has died. Do you suppose he had any idea of how many lives he affected?

Kendall, what was the man like? I'm supposing he was a professional musician but did he ever cut a record?

Ebbie


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: MAG (inactive)
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 01:54 PM

How far back did the show go? Would a person whose hometown was near Wheeling have heard it in the 30's?


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 07:12 PM

A few weeks ago a local friend offered to loan me
some of his treasured LPS, if i would RECORD them
to CD for him--included were 2 by Lee Moore
Rural Rhythm RRLM 137 and RRLM 202
You can bet i jumped at the chance

RRLM 137

going down the country
an old log cabin for sale
beach at waikikia
will the roses bloom in heaven
old joe clark
dreaming of a cabin
royal telephone
remember me
keep on the sunny side
vacant cabin
gathering flowers from the hillside
mom is dying tonight
down where the river bends
i love you best of all
old spinning wheel
i never can love you again
cannon ball No. 3
write mother
double eagle
paul's ministry

RRLM 202

little girl dressed in blue
you're my own sweet darling wife
my mother's grave
automoble of life
answer to the maple on the hill
she's some daisy for 19 years old
you are my love
heavenly cannon ball
strand from a yellow curl
when mother played the organ
the cat came back
streamlined cannonball
strawberry roan
i believe that good old bible
the deeping snow
the weary traveler
when father hung the paper on the wall
I'm going home this evening
wreck of the happy valley
single life is good enough for me

Also included were some classic LPS by
Grandpa Jones
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper
Carter Family
Buddy Starcher
and a New Mexico singer-Calvin Boles


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Amos
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 07:40 PM

You-all want to burn a spare set of them CDs? Pay ya! Huh?

A


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: kendall
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 11:02 PM

Lee was a nice guy, I didnt know him well, but what I did know, he was ok. He used to get a lot of heat from other musicians because he never learned the songs, always carried a music stand on stage. One time I came off stage and Lee was standing there, and as I approached he said "Mister that deserves a fifth!" Whereupon he handed me an A string... a broken A string! He thought that was hilarious.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,georgeward
Date: 01 Oct 00 - 02:48 AM

Kendall, that brand of humor was the stock-in-trade of country musicians of Lee's generation hereabouts. It's where Vaughn got the title for her book 'Six-foot, Man-eatin' Chicken' (I'll leave y'all to puzzle it out for now). "Daddy Dick" Richards (whom we just lost, and who I'll write a remembrance of here soon) had way too many of 'em. Or maybe just enough.

Re: DX. Vaughn says they could get WWVA at night in Clayton, New Mexico when she was a kid. I wonder if Lee DID know how many people he touched. I never interviewed him, and for years he only lived thirty miles from here. Never put off....

George (who is off to reset his cookie)


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: kendall
Date: 01 Oct 00 - 08:04 AM

I have the same regret for not visiting Slim Clark, although he was over 2 hours away. Now, he's totally out of reach.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Dale Rose
Date: 01 Oct 00 - 04:13 PM

I have uploaded Real Audio files for My Little Home In West Virginia and Frail Wildwood Flower. You will find them on this page at my site.

The version of the theme that I have is by the composer of the tune, Ellis Hall, with Bill Addis on guitar, but I would be nearly certain that the version Lee Moore played would have been by Cy Williams.

Frail Wildwood Flower is from 1928 by Miller Wikel. Though it was actually recorded a few days after the Carter version, it is far closer to the original.

As for my late night listening back in the late 40s to mid 50s when I went off to college and no longer had time for such, I did listen every now and then to WWVA, BUT my main listening stations were WLS and WJJD in Chicago, WCKY in Cincinnati, WLPO (LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby, IL), WBAP in Fort Worth, TX, XERF in Mexico, and of course, WSM in Nashville, TN. I imagine that the Chicago stations ~~ especially WJJD, and WCKY got more listening hours than the rest combined.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Ebbie
Date: 01 Oct 00 - 04:29 PM

If truth be told, Dale R. I also listened to Del Rio, Texas, 50 (500?)WATTS OF POWER.... Strangely, I don't remember the call letters.

Thanks for the tune. I suspect that is the recording Lee played. Although the balance isn't good on my realaudio so that the fiddle on the number sounds thinner than I remember, the backup guitar is spot on. The guitar work on that piece and another on a Johnny and Jack recording (forgotten the name at the momemnt) is what first made me want to play guitar well.

Ebbie


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Dale Rose
Date: 01 Oct 00 - 05:32 PM

You're welcome, Ebbie, thought some of you might like to hear it. The XERF that I mentioned WAS Del Rio ~~ that was their mailing address, though the station was actually in Mexico. Their power was 10 or more times greater than the 50,000 watts allowed in the United States. They always said you could listen to the station without a radio! ~~ pleasant memories.

Found this on the net, dated 1997 ~~ note the address for Thelma Moore at the end.

Farewell: Lee Moore

By Bill Knowlton

Lee Moore, for 25 years the "Coffee Drinking Nighthawk" on WWVA, Wheeling, West Virginia, and its "WWVA Jamboree," died peacefully after a long struggle with cancer, on August 17th. The long-time all-night deejay who was heard on clear channel radio throughout the eastern USA and eastern Canada was literally an educator in old-time country and bluegrass for all of us in the 50s and 60s; a radio icon who introduced us to Flatt & Scruggs, Reno & Smiley, and the Stanley Brothers . . .

After his retirement from WWVA, Lee moved to eastern New York, living with wife Thelma near Albany and continuing a heavy schedule of personal appearances. Apparently his last public performance was May 31st for the Adirondack Bluegrass League in Galway NY. I was honored to be asked to introduce him.

Lee Moore was an idol to me and many others of the Northeast who eventually became deeply involved with bluegrass music, including the late Bill Vernon. On my dresser is a framed photo of Lee at one of my Bluegrass Ramble Festivals. Standing next to him, with an arm around his shoulder, is Bill Vernon.

(Thelma Moore is at P.O. Box 134, Wynantskill, NY 12198.)


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: georgeward
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 03:42 AM

Bill Knowlton and his "Bluegrass Ramble" show are a broadcast legend in their own right, having been on the air in New York state (mostly upstate) since something like 1960. Still at it. -George


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: kendall
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 07:28 PM

I have a picture of Lee from 1980 if anyone would like to see who we are talking about???


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Sourdough
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 10:21 PM

After years of listening to Lee Moore, I realize that I have never seen him. I'd be real curious.

Sourdough


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: kendall
Date: 03 Oct 00 - 09:16 AM

I just sent a photo of Lee to the resources. I'm sure Pene Azul will find a place for it.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Dale Rose
Date: 03 Oct 00 - 09:34 AM

If he doesn't, I can tack it up on my musician's page (very much a work in progress ~~ still named Test! Test!, in fact. So far, it only contains pics of The Magnolia Sisters, Lulu Belle and Scotty, Ian Tyson, and a couple of Susana Seivane)


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: kendall
Date: 03 Oct 00 - 12:21 PM

Pene Azul has posted Lees picture on my site in the resources.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Dale Rose
Date: 07 Oct 00 - 05:32 PM

I have added a picture which includes Cy Williams on my Songs From WWVA page. As I mentioned earlier, I am reasonably certain that it was his version of Little Home In West Virginia that Lee Moore used as a theme song. Ebbie listened to the Real Audio by Ellis Hall that I have posted there, and thinks it may be the one. Either way, it is a good tune, and you need to check it out!


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,ec
Date: 31 Mar 04 - 10:49 PM

WWVA came in good Valcartier 25 miles north of Quebec city listened many times to Lee Moore 50s & 60s.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,ALLAN S
Date: 01 Apr 04 - 02:30 PM

What fun to see this thread again. All those memories comming back I still think those were the golden days of country music.
Tho the Dixie chicks are not too bad. As Utah Philips would say "good tho"


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,Wanda Ross
Date: 01 Apr 04 - 11:15 PM

I got to meet Lee Moore about 20 years or so ago, when he played to the Old Mountain Days in Stony Creek NY, Although I lost track of him over the years, I had the privilege to go to his home, I believe once, if not twice. There was no one like him. I listened to him as a child growing up in Thurman, NY...my dad listened to the shows on Wheeling WVa Jamboree on WWVA. They're some of my best memories.

Thanks all for refreshing my great memories.

Wanda Ross


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Subject: Lyr Add: WILDWOOD FLOWER (Lee Moore)
From: Inükshük
Date: 02 Apr 04 - 03:14 PM

Earlier in this thread there was some discussion about Lee Moore's lyrics to Wildwood Flower. Here's what I transcribed from one of his LPs.

WILDWOOD FLOWER
as per Lee Moore

She is [G] waiting for me in a [D7] rose covered [G] bower
And her eyes are like violets [D7] after a [G] shower
For she's dreaming of me through the [C] long summer [G] hours
My sweetheart, my own, my [D7] frail wildwood flower.

All the wild forest creatures are under her spell.
On her shoulder the dove his love secrets will tell
And the shy dappled fawn comes to lie at the feet
Of my frail wildwood flower, so gentle and so sweet.

I will pick tender blossoms to twine in her hair;
Blushing roses so red and the lilies so fair,
Lovely myrtle so bright with emerald hue,
Modest buttercups yellow, forget-me-nots blue.

Hand in hand through the wildwood together we'll stray,
She will sing, she will dance and my heart she will sway,
And her laughter will echo like ripples at play
Till my trials like my heart has stolen away.

There's no artist can paint her, no poet can rhyme (write?)
How she warms this old heart like a sunbeam so bright.
I will love and protect her and never will part
From that frail wildwood flower that twines around my heart.

I personally think Lee made up a lot of these verses himself.
Inukshuk


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,Tony Hickman
Date: 08 Aug 06 - 09:44 PM

I met Lee Moore at Ottawa Ohio a few years ago he could hardly get his breath and he wanted me to come down to WWVA and do a show but I never did so there went another chance to make It to the BIG TIME, but I am 60 years old now so I am not worried about It.
Tony Hickman


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Aug 06 - 10:32 PM

...and Dale's site still works, six years later:

Click!!

Nice work, Dale! Wish I'd hear from you more.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Dec 06 - 10:12 PM

HI YOUALL, i'VE BEEN TRYING TO FIND A SONG THAT i REMEMBER FROM THE
EARLY "40'S i DON'T KNOW WHO WROTE IT ,SANG IT OR WHERE i HEARD IT
BUT i REMember singing it when I was 5 or6 years old. The part I remember is " It almost drives me crazy and I don't know what i'll do if I don't find that pretty little girl that I saw dressed in blue." If anyone out their knows where I can find it I surley would
appreciate.you letting me know. My e-mail --- crafty70@comcast.net
Thanks much.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,Tom D
Date: 29 Dec 08 - 11:43 AM

I remember my father singing, "When father hung the paper on the wall." Me and my brothers would always ask him to get his guitar out and sing it, but we never heard it on a record or on the air.
We lived in Baltimore, Md. This was about 1960.

I was just trying to find the lyrics to that song, because I wanted to sing it to my grand kids.

I vaguely remember:
When father hung the paper on the wall,
He hung the corner paper in the hall.
He papered all the stairs and papered all the chairs,
And hung a border on grandmothers shaw.

When father hung the paper on the wall,
It was the funniest sight you ever saw.
And like birds of a feather, we all stuck together,
When father hung the paper on the wall.

I can't find the lyrics anywhere. If anyone has them and would be willing to share..........PLEASE sedn them to: Kansascitytom@yahoo.com

Thanks, It was great reading ya'lls memories.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,three little kids
Date: 27 Jan 09 - 02:36 PM

us kids there where three of us,we got up early every morning during the week and we hear old lee more. and here talk and play country the good stuff. now im 67 an still likes
country ill be coming through wheeling this spring, an plan to stop,going on line i have found a piece of my pass
. love it.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: topical tom
Date: 27 Jan 09 - 03:51 PM

Aaaahhhh...Sweet memories. I used to sit up 'til all hours in order to hear Lee Moore play his guitar to "The Cat Came Back" or "Wildwood Flower" (among many others I enjoyed.) I later saw him perform once at a buegrass/old time music festival near Lachute, Quebec. Hearing him pour and savour his many cups of coffee was a delight in itself. Of course, I also listened to the WWVA Jamboree on Saturday nights. At that time of my life, country music was in my blood.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: kendall
Date: 27 Jan 09 - 08:46 PM

No one has asked, but the Davis straight is between Labrador and Greenland. WWVA came in like it was right next to us.

We also got Del Rio Texas way back when.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,Ray
Date: 23 Apr 09 - 06:07 PM

I come from a little town call Timmins Ontario, the home town of Shaina Twain and I am 68 years old in the mid 50's I list to WWVA in wheeling west virgina with Lee More the old Coffee Drinking Nighthawk. I have read most of these Reply to Thread remarks and I have yet to have read anything about Lee More's Wife of whom he mentioned her name almost every saturday night He went on to say "WWVA in Wheeling West Virgina Lee More Your Old Coffee Drinking Nighthawk and Wanita Wife" and then he would start playing Wildwood Flower on his guitar. If there is any buddy out there that remembers of him speaking of his Wife Wanita please respond.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: topical tom
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 11:16 AM

I do but cannot recall what he said except to mention her name.Did they ever sing together? I can't remember that either.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,minibrut
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 08:40 AM

Yes, Juanita Picklesimer married Lee Moore in the 1930's and played music with him for a long time before they divorced. She was my aunt. I have a few of their song books.- minibrut


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,Allan S.
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 12:42 PM

Sourdough.   Don't remember if I told you but Frank Collin passed away about 3 years ago


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,Gary
Date: 12 Oct 09 - 01:43 AM

Lee Moore on WWVA was always on my car radio as I delivered the Cleveland Plain Dealer in '56 and '57 in the wee hours of the morning. Besides "The Cat Came Back", my second favorite song was "It's Dark as a Dungeon Way Down in the Mine". Anyone else remember that one? And wasn't there a Lee Moore record shop across from the Capitol Theater in the '90s?


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,Louis L.
Date: 10 Nov 09 - 03:34 PM

I listened to Lee Moore in Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada(on the Gulf of St Lawrence about a 150 miles north of Maine). We could only get the station WWVA evenings & nights but we listened to it EVERY night: that was in the 1950's. I can still hear him saying:"this is Lee Moore your old coffee-drinking nighthawk". And the wonderful music!!


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,Derfington
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 11:08 AM

"Kendall" just HAS to be a Morse! Kin to Gene Hooper is my key.

Anyone remember a song Lee Moore & Juanita used to sing?

"Oh those hills that I love
Oh thosw mountains that're my home
Oh those hills that I love
From those hills never more will I roam"

Title please? Anyone have a recording of this tune? Been searching for an auio for 60 of my 75 years for it. I'd die happy if I could hear this (as a duet). Oh, I'd take a copy if it were a voice like Lee's, though.

PLEASE e-mail me - - - fcg1moxie@myfairpoint.net


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Dec 09 - 10:03 AM

Gordon- I remember getting up around 6 in the mornings in the mid 50's.My dad got me up to keep the fire going after he left for work.
I have many fond memories of hearing "The cat came back" by the old coffee drinkin nighthawk. Those were truly the "good old days"of country music.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Amos
Date: 13 Dec 09 - 12:05 PM

Here's Lee singing "When Father Hung the Paper on the Wall requested above.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Ebbie
Date: 13 Dec 09 - 12:49 PM

Thanks, Amos.

It was fun reading this thread again. I was at the entrance to my life when I became so fond of Lee Moore and now I'm at the entrance to the ending!


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: kendall
Date: 13 Dec 09 - 01:42 PM

I am indeed a cousin to Genial Gene Hooper. He taught me my first "F" chord which damn near put me off playing.

Poor Gene is in a nursing home with a broken hip.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,Roger in Montreal
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 01:34 AM

In the 50's I listened to Lee Moore in my hometown of Montreal, Canada, nearly every night. When I traveled west to Toronto, north to Timmins, Ontario, east to New Brunswick or south to New York, I always got the signal of WWVA and the friendly voice of Lee Mooe coming in loud and clear in my car radio. And I noticed that the night time employees at the gas stations where I stopped were also tuned in to that same station. So many people tuned in to the same frequency (1170AM) at the same time was a phenomenom that will probably never happen again,in this world of multi-diversity. I recall that Lee ended his show with these words. ``May the good Lord smile down on all the path that lies ahead of you``. Thanks to you, humble d.j. May I say now that you were the greatest? I sometimes zap at night on the AM band hoping that I could hear your voice again. I wish you could come back like did the cat in your famous song. You made us love true country music forever. A million thanks!


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 02:45 PM

There was a Nova Scotia radio station operating at or about the same frequency that would jam the signal but late at night they would shut the transmitter down for a few hours. By then WWVA probably upped their power and changed their transmission pattern. That along with a dropped ionosphere would give us a decent signal.
Kendall, that "F" chord gave me a lot of discouragement as well. In polite society I won't repeat what I claimed that the "F" stood for.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,Jim McConnell
Date: 13 May 10 - 12:48 PM

I remember Lee Moore. My dad was a truck driver and I used to go with him during the summers when I wasn't in school. He listened to Lee Moore on WWVA all night. He sent away and bought me a Doc Williams guitar course and although I knew something about playing the guitar, I really learned how to play country music from that course. I'm 64 years old now and still playing in a country band.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Jul 10 - 02:17 PM

Last time I knew, Gene Hooper was still alive and living in Maine. He was one of my heroes when I was a teeager.
...Bill


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Ebbie
Date: 21 Jul 10 - 09:27 PM

I hope Kendall sees your remark, Guest Bill. He can update you on Genial Gene Hooper, his cousin.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Jul 10 - 03:45 PM

How can I become a member of this great forum? I, too am looking for the lyrics to the song Lee sang: "Oh Those Hills That I Love." I have a short recording of what I remember of the song on my You Tube channel: Cariboubill's Channel.
...Bill


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 24 Jul 10 - 08:17 PM

Bill, just click on "Membership" at the top of this page and fill in the form


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Sep 10 - 11:05 PM

Iam from montreal quebec, many years ago I was a trucker I drove the eastern shore shore board of the united states. I remember he had his coffee in a glass cup and spoon. then laler he had his coffee in a sterophone cup I would hear open the sterophone turning back and forth. MAIGAR.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Severn
Date: 17 Sep 10 - 12:40 PM

Was Lee Moore's image ever honored like some of the WWVA personalities were on a souvenier dinner plate? My Doc Williams & The Border Riders plate got broken, alas, during a move, but I still have two plates commemorating Red Belcher & Family (wife Ellen-Jane, Red, sleeping infant Sharon Lou and her dog held by Ellen and her dog "Freddie Duncan, Jr.", held by Red. The photos were sepia tone on a white plate with two gold rings and a fancy edge). Does anybody out thhere know who else on the station had these plates for sale? I'd like more and I'd trade a Red Belcher for a different artist.

The comedian with the Border Riders on the Doc Williams plate was bearded and was pre-Smokey Pleacher.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,Cabinwood
Date: 31 Oct 10 - 03:19 PM

Severn,

I've never seen Lee Moore on a plate, but do have Doc Williams and severaldifferent Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper plates. I'd be willing to trade one for Red Belcher if you are still interested. I'm also looking for a plate with only Wilma Lee and her banjo.

Terry

oradell5m@yahoo.com


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,cabinwood
Date: 31 Oct 10 - 03:43 PM

However, Lee did have his face on a coffee mug that read "Enjoy Your Coffee Break" with Lee Moore. It was made by Fire-King and was white w/ a black line drawing of Lee. I'm thinking it's from the late 50's -early 60's.

Terry

oradell5m@yahoo.com


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,Cabinwood
Date: 31 Oct 10 - 03:47 PM

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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,jplaaten
Date: 11 Mar 11 - 02:57 PM

Great thread! Yes, when I was just out of HS in the mid 60,s and taken with the folk craze and playing myself, I would sit in my car late at night (got out of work at 11 pm) and there on the AM dial was WWVA with Lee Moore, your coffee drinkin' night owl (not nighthawk) and he would sing and play and tell stories and people would come by and sing and play and it was one of the best programs that I have EVER heard on the radio! The sunspot cycle must have been up at that time as I was in CT and he would blast in loud and clear on that AM band! I think someone else said 1170 which sounds right. Lee Moore should be in a hall of fame somewhere for what he did.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 11 Mar 11 - 04:18 PM

I thought that I posted this on another thread but can't find it now so here it is again:

          THE MUSIC STOVE
When I was just a little lad so many years ago
Upon our kitchen table sat a Fleetwood radio
It was not a top line model and its tubes were growing weak
But I'd turn that dial for hours as stations I would seek
The local ones worked fine you see and music it would play
But others that I wanted were located far away
I tried to get the Opry but it would do no good
The Louisiana Hayride I really never could
But another one I wanted I could sometimes get, you see
It came from West Virginia and was called The Jamboree

To listen to Doc Williams, I would try my level best
But I'd hear the first verse of a song but then would lose the rest
I'd swear in frustration and underneath my breath
I'd threaten that old radio that it faced certain death
My father asked me what was wrong when he came in the door
A big wood-burning cook stove stood upon our kitchen floor
He took a piece of wire and he tied it to the stove
In loops around the radio the other end he wove
The signal was much stronger and I swear to you it's so
That I heard country music from an old wood burning stove

© Sept. 17, 2008
Alexander McLean
amacgillean@hotmail.ca


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: kendall
Date: 12 Mar 11 - 02:45 PM

Sandy, do you remember a DJ named Genial Gene Hooper? He was on WWVA back in the 60s. He was a cousin of mine and sad to say he passed on last year at the age of 87.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 12 Mar 11 - 09:54 PM

Hi Kendall,
   I can't honestly say that I remember him now but I was probably familiar with him back then. I do think that I remember you talking of him on another thread. Sorry about his passing! It's sad that so many of the stars and promoters of "real country" have been lost in recent years! WWVA was a great station! Another one was CFNB in Fredricton NB which also played country all night long.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: kendall
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 05:47 AM

I grew up listening to Canadian radio. Wilf Carter, Don Messer, Ned Landry, etc.

When we were on weather patrol in the north Atlantic up in the Davis Straits WWVA was the only station we could get on the radio. Those city boys were not happy. I was.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Cabinwood
Date: 12 Apr 11 - 09:43 PM

I remember Gene Hooper. I used to listen to him out of Machias, Maine, I think. I know he did work at WWVA before that. He was a great DJ.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Cabinwood
Date: 12 Apr 11 - 09:51 PM

Lee Moore Guitar


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Cabinwood
Date: 12 Apr 11 - 10:01 PM

Sorry, I can't get the link to work!


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: kendall
Date: 13 Apr 11 - 08:52 AM

Gene was a cousin; he taught me my first chords on a guitar.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Cabinwood
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 07:25 AM

The thing I remember most about Gene was that he played real country music at a time when the rest of them(Radio DJ's) were playing "What was called country". At the time he played a lot of Carl and Pearl Butler and I remember he played "There Ain't No Country Music on This Jukebox" By Earl Scruggs and Tom T. Hall a lot.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: kendall
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 08:06 AM

And that's why the world just rolled over him. He refused to change.

He had one of the best voices I have ever heard.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Cabinwood
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 06:33 PM

I'm glad he didn't change. Lee never did, either.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,punkinface
Date: 14 Aug 11 - 04:24 PM

Grew up on a farm in Ontario and we would tune in to Lee on WWVA - it was great for us as we had very little in the way of entertainment back then. Loved the mans music and was fortunate enough to meet him in Wheeling years later. I always wondered how he got that special sound on his guitar and found out he played out of the A chord. TW


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,Boston Bob
Date: 08 Apr 12 - 09:00 PM

Thanks for this great site. I first found Lee Moore on WWVA when I was a kid, way before I was in High School. I don't know how many nights I woke up almost automatically after midnight to tune him in on my old Philco Upright. I loved everything he used to play. I haven't heard his rendition of "Dark as a Dungeon" on You Tube nor has it been referenced in anything I've read about Lee on various websites. He did the best rendition of this song that I have ever heard.

Like many others on this post, Lee was my introduction to real country music and he was certainly a bridge to the folk revival of the 60's and 70's. We have a great 24 hour a day folk music station here in Boston with the call letters WUMB. You can get it on line and there's a wonderful program called "Traditional Folk" with Sandy Sheehan on Sunday nights from 9 PM to midnight. It reminds me a bit of Lee. Sandy even drinks coffee in the studio.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: Crowhugger
Date: 08 Apr 12 - 09:17 PM

Thanks, BB -- I typed wumb.org into my browser, found "current program" and now I'm enjoying tonight's show hugely!


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Jul 12 - 12:50 AM

This site brings tears to me, I'm was about 10 or 11 living 35miles from Pittsburgh, live in the country on Spring Run Rd. and listened to WWVA all night, Yes it was the Coffee Drinking Nighthawk that was my passage into the Heart of American Country. My favorts were Abbie Neal and her Ranch Girls, forever in my Heart. loved that women. sweet , kind , talented and a staple in my live forever The Worlds Orignal WWVA Jamboree, Nothing was as good or better.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,Pete
Date: 24 Aug 13 - 10:47 PM

In 1955 as a teenager I wired up parts of an old Philco radio under my bed and listened to Lee.
Reading these posts brings back lots of memories, most of all The Cat Came Back.....


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,Abbie Neal , Ranch Girls Fan
Date: 04 Oct 13 - 01:29 AM

I also was a fan of wwva, listened every sat night, to hear rusty and doug, wilma lee and stony cooper , and my favorite Abbie Neal and Her Ranch girls. nothing can bring back that feeling of listing on my radio all night to Lee Moore. The Coffee Drinking Nighthawk. Just to hear Abbies Ranch Girls sing , Riding Down to Santa Fe.


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Subject: RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA
From: GUEST,Gordon
Date: 14 Oct 13 - 01:56 PM

I have fond memories of listening to Lee Moore in the mid 50's when I was a young teenager growing up in Newfoundland. Used to love his version of "The cat came back"


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