LARRY MOELLER (1938-2014)

LARRY MOELLER (1938-2014)
LOWRES Larry Moeller, Merl Travis & Little Jimmie Dickens

Larry Moeller helped pedal clients Merle Travis (l) and Little Jimmy Dickens to Country Music success. Photo courtesy of Dee Moeller.

CMA lifetime Member Larry Allen Moeller enjoyed a long and distinguished career in Country Music, during which he earned a reputation as one of Nashville’s most respected talent agents. He also played an important role on the CMA committee that cemented the agreement with NBC to begin airing the first CMA Awards broadcast.

Moeller died Jan. 21 in Lyles, Tenn. He was 75.

Born in Oklahoma City, Moeller broke into the business with Denny-Moeller Talent, formerly the Jim Denny Artist Bureau, which his father Ernest “Lucky” Moeller took control of and renamed Moeller-Denny Talent after Denny’s death in 1963. Larry Moeller worked closely with its stellar roster, which included many members of CMA’s Country Music Hall of Fame, before departing to open his own agency in 1973. He eventually relocated from Nashville to Oak Hill, Texas, west of Austin, to work exclusively with one client, Willie Nelson.

LOWRES Larry Moeller & Porter Wagner

Larry Moeller and client Porter Wagoner appreciate the artwork on Wagoner’s Country Music Hall of Fame plaque. Photo courtesy of Dee Moeller.