Tiny Moore, a native of Hamilton County, Texas, spent his childhood in Energy, Port Arthur, Houston, and Dallas, Texas. Tiny Moore began his career with "The Port Arthur Jubileers."
Tiny Moore, so nicknamed because he was an extremely large teenage boy, went to work for Bob Wills in 1946, spent a few years on the road and then took charge of Wills Point in Sacramento about 1950. Tiny married Dean McKinney of the McKinney sisters, vocalists for Bob Wills. They had three children, Debra, Kimberly and Dick.
For six years, from 1956 to 1962, Tiny hosted his own kid's television show, "Ranger Roy and the Anna Banana Show."
The couple operated their own music store "Tiny Moore Music" in Sacramento.
Tiny Moore was one of the first country music notables to recognize South Plains College (Levelland, Texas) contribution to Country Music Education. Moore visited the college conducting fiddle workshops and performed a concert there. He made instructional videos for the use of the college. There is now a "Tiny Moore Western Swing Memorial Scholarship" established at South Plains College.
Tiny Moore was a renowned fiddler, mandolin player, banjo player, drummer and vocalist with Bob Wills, Billy Jack Wills, as well as Moon Mullican, and later a thirteen year stint with Merle Haggard. Tiny developed the first electric five-string mandolin (the biggest little instrument in the world) proving its versatility as a prominent instrument in country and western bands and jazz combos. Over the years, he performed for President Reagan, several European notables, at Carnegie Hall, and made thousands of appearances throughout the United States.
Tiny recorded two albums for Kaleidoscope Records. One of them was a duet album with fellow mandolinist Jethro Burns titled "Back To Back" and the other was titled "Tiny Moore Music" released in 1980.
Billie "Tiny" Moore died at
age 67 December 15, 1987 of a heart attack during a performance in