The Story Behind The Song: “I Cheated Me Right Out Of You”

Moe Bandy
Moe Bandy

Moe Bandy used a “cheating” theme thoughout many of his early hits. It wasn’t anything planned, but the songs just happened to come along. They greatly helped Moe in getting his career going, but he was always swift to say that he certainly didn’t advocate cheating.

Bandy first hit the Billboard charts on March 30, 1974 with “I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin’ Songs Today” (which reached #17), and after that early success, country songwriters were quick to send him more tunes about sordid affairs. He became a consistent presence in country music’s Top Ten and peaked at #2 with both “Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life” in 1976 and “It’s A Cheatin’ Situation” in ’79. “I Cheated Me Right Out Of You” finally brought Moe to the top later that same year, marking his only solo number one hit. He had one other chart-topper, a duet with Joe Stampley called “Just Good Ol’ Boys,” also in ’79.

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