He was a country crooner with bad jokes appearing on KHSL for many years, entertaining many with his wit and humor in a wholesome television show.

Moriss Taylor had not been heard from in awhile but there was a time when his name was very well known as he hosted his television show on channel 12, one of the longest running locally produced shows, inviting many up and coming talents to join him on stage including Biggs' Kari Wheeler.

He began his television variety show in 1956 and gave it up in 1995, appearing in reruns until 1997. Before the television show Moriss got his start on radio in the 1940's.

It was a time when people weren't judged so much, when it was ok to tell corny jokes and not be ridiculed. The fond remembrances gracing social media on Wednesday morning and from past Butte County Fair staff to the newspaper when word was received of his passing are glowing with all remembering his closing song as High Sierra.

When appearing at the Butte County Fair in the early 1980's on the Courtyard Stag,e this was a time when big country names drew a large crowd such as Johnny Lee, Hank Williams, Jr., Lynn Anderson and of course Alabama in 1981 following Kenny Rogers in 1977.

The name Moriss Taylor will live on especially in this area for those of us who grew up when he had his weekly television show filmed in Chico.