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Moon Mullican


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Aubrey Wilson Mullican (March 29, 1909 – January 1, 1967), known as Moon Mullican, was an American country and western singer, songwriter, and pianist. However, he also sang and played jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and the blues. He was associated with the hillbilly boogie style which greatly influenced rockabilly; Jerry Lee Lewis cited him as a major influence on his own singing and piano playing.
Mullican once stated, “We gotta play music that’ll make them goddamn beer bottles bounce on the table”.

Moon was born to Oscar Luther Mullican (1876–1961) and his first wife, Virginia Jordan Mullican (1880–1915), near Corrigan, Polk County, Texas. They were a farming family of Scottish, Irish and Eastern European descent. Moon was a descendant of the Mullikins of Maryland. His Scots-Irish immigrant ancestor, James Mullikin, was born in Scotland, arriving in Maryland in 1630–1640 via Northern Ireland. His paternal grandfather was Pvt. Wilson G. Mullican, who fought with the 6th Mississippi Infantry, CSA, at the Battle of Shiloh. Moon’s parents, stepmother and grandparents are all buried in Stryker Cemetery, Polk County, Texas.
Mullican’s mother died when he was six years old. His father soon married Callie.
As a child, Mullican began playing the organ, which his religious father had purchased in order to better sing hymns at church. However, Moon had befriended one of the black sharecroppers on the farm, a guitarist named Joe Jones, who introduced him to the country blues. His religious family did not always approve, and he was torn between religion and secular music.


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  • SonnyRayKIKK

    I used to play the heck outta ol' Moon in my heyday at KIKK-FM in Houston. In fact, one of my all-time favorite tunes by ANYBODY is Moon Mullican's 'I'll Sail My Ship Alone' ... Not only does the song speak to the independence of Americans but to the spirit of resolve to make something happen despite all obstacles. Listen to that tune and see if you don't agree!

    28 Sep 2012 Reply
  • marvins390

    good rockin' tonight

    24 Mar 2011 Reply
  • theotherivan

    Moon Mullican everyday.

    9 Mar 2011 Reply
  • teddyrubmyskin

    seven nights to rock and seven nights to roll.........

    3 Dec 2009 Reply

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