Joe Mooney

Joe Mooney

Real Name:
Joe Mooney
Joe Mooney was born March 14, 1911, in Patterson, NJ. Blind from around age ten, he played accordion and organ singing jazz and pop with his brother Dan on radio broadcasts in the late 1920’s, and recorded between 1929 and 1931 as “The Sunshine Boys” and “The Melotone Boys“. They continued performing together on WLW in Cincinnati until 1936, after which Dan Mooney left the music industry. In 1937, Mooney started work as a pianist and arranger for Frank Dailey, a role he reprised with Buddy Rogers in 1938. Through the early 1940’s Joe Mooney arranged for Paul Whiteman, Vincent Lopez, Larry Clinton, Les Brown, and The Modernaires. he put together his own quartet in 1943 opening in New York to universal praise and rave revues and a Decca contract but commercial success did not follow and by 1948 it was all over. Big Bands, and the Big Band sound was considered passé.
Joe Mooney made a comeback in New York in 1950, on Hammond with Bucky Pizzarelli, sang with the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra and played with Johnny Smith in 1953. He recorded for Carousel (two titles in 1951), Atlantic in 1956 and Columbia (1963-65). After moving to Florida in 1954, he concentrated more on organ, mostly working locally, chiefly at his club “The Grate Joy“ and occasionally travelling to New York for recorings or television work.
In Groups:


Joe Mooney Discography Tracks


Joe Mooney On The Rocks (Album) Decca US 1957 Sell This Version
Joe Mooney Lush Life (Album) Atlantic US 1958 Sell This Version
CL 2186 Joe Mooney The Greatness of Joe Mooney(LP, Album) Columbia CL 2186 US 1963 Sell This Version
Joe Mooney The Happiness Of Joe Mooney (Album) Columbia US 1965 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

EP 582 Joe Mooney Love Is Here To Stay / Polka Dots And Moonbeams / Nina Never Knew / Have You Met Miss Jones(7", EP) Atlantic EP 582 US Unknown Sell This Version


KOC-CD-7886 Joe Mooney The Happiness Of...The Greatness Of... Joe Mooney(CD, Comp, RM) Koch Jazz KOC-CD-7886 US 2000 Sell This Version