Country Artist Bandy Recovers From Bypass Surgery

Veteran country singer Moe Bandy is recovering from triple bypass surgery after suffering a mild heart attack. The 58-year-old entertainer was at home after a show Saturday night when he began experie

Veteran country singer Moe Bandy is recovering from triple bypass surgery after suffering a mild heart attack. The 58-year-old entertainer was at home after a show Saturday night when he began experiencing chest pains, according to a spokesperson. He was taken to a hospital in Branson, Mo., where he underwent the surgery early Sunday morning. He's expected to be released by the end of the week.

Bandy canceled his remaining five "Ozark Mountain Christmas Shows" of the season at his Branson theater, which were due to run through Saturday (Dec. 14). A note on his official Web site explains simply, "We are sorry to inform you that due to medical matters, Moe Bandy will not be performing any further shows for 2002."

His last top-10 country hit, "Americana," which peaked at No. 8 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in April 1988, became former President Bush's campaign song. Bandy played at Bush's inauguration and appeared twice at the White House in 1989. He opened his Moe Bandy Americana Theatre in Branson in 1991.


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