Lloyd Moss was born on November 16, 1926 in Manhattan. While serving in the Army in Korea, he became an announcer at an Armed Forces Radio station. Afterwards, he worked for several small stations in the Northeast before joining the Voice of America in 1954 and working as a substitute announcer at WQXR. He joined the station's staff full time in 1955 and became the afternoon music host in 1963. He left the station in 1971 to concentrate on voice-over work and acting, but continued as the host of two syndicated shows until he returned full time in 1989 for another 17 years. He was heard in numerous commercials and in the 1986 Martin Scorsese film The Color of Money. His first children's book, Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin illustrated by Marjorie Priceman, was named a Caldecott Honor book for illustration in 1996. Marvin Hamlisch later composed a score for it. Moss narrated the world premiere in Pittsburgh in 1998 and the New York premiere at Alice Tully Hall in 1999. His other children's books were Our Marching Band and Music Is. He died from Parkinson's disease on August 3, 2013 at the age of 86.