NASHVILLE, Tenn., January 24, 2007 ? The Country Music Hall of Fame
and Museum's quarterly program series Nashville Cats: A Celebration
of Music City Session Players returns on Saturday, February 17, with
a salute to legendary bassist Bob Moore. The 2:00 p.m. program,
which will be held in the Museum's Ford Theater, is included with
Museum admission and is free to Museum members.
In a career spanning sixty years, Nashville native Bob Moore has
played bass on over 17,000 recordings, making him one of the most
recorded musicians in history. From the 1950s on, Moore contributed
to a host of #1 country hits including Bobby Helms' "Fraulein,"
Marty Robbins' "El Paso," Roger Miller's "King of the Road," Loretta
Lynn's "Coal Miner's Daughter" and Conway Twitty's "Hello Darlin'."
Moore also played on classic recordings like Elvis Presley's "It's
Now or Never" and Patsy Cline's "Crazy."
As a member of Nashville's celebrated "A-Team," his impeccable meter
along with his subtle yet commanding style made Moore's bass lines
the foundation for a myriad of artists recording in Nashville for
four decades. Moore's studio credits span several genres with
artists including Julie Andrews, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Dylan, Connie
Francis, Burl Ives, George Jones, Quincy Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis,
Wayne Newton, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Andy
Williams, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and many more. Moore even saw
success on his own accord with the 1961 instrumental pop
hit "Mexico" on Monument Records.
Bob Loyce Moore was born November 30, 1932, in Nashville to humble
beginnings. Barely out of diapers, he was drawn to the sounds of his
grandmother's phonograph and broadcasts of the Grand Ole Opry. By
age 15 Moore had transitioned from shining shoes outside the Ryman
Auditorium to playing bass onstage with country comedians and Opry
regulars Jamup & Honey. Soon afterward, Moore landed a prestigious
job playing bass for Paul Howard's Arkansas Cotton Pickers, which
would help open the door for him to back the likes of Eddy Arnold,
Jimmy Dickens, Flatt & Scruggs and Andy Griffith, among others.
By age 20 Moore was playing with Red Foley in Springfield, Missouri,
and Marty Robbins in Nashville, Tennessee. Tired of commuting
between the two cities, Moore returned in 1954 to Nashville where he
became primarily a studio musician. As part of the "A-Team" of
virtuosos, Moore helped usher in the lushly orchestrated Nashville
Sound, which attracted top artists and producers to Music City.
He provided the bass for a decade of Elvis Presley hits and, in
1959, became one third owner of Monument Records, where he brought
Roy Orbison to the label. He is credited as orchestra leader
Orbison's many million selling records including "Crying" "Only the
Lonely" "Dream Baby" and more. He served as the original music
contractor for the Johnny Cash TV show. Moore toured the world
backing Crystal Gayle during 1981-1982. He continued on the road
during 1983-1985 performing with Jerry Lee Lewis with whom he'd
recorded for decades.
Although widely known as a successful country session musician,
Moore also performed at the Newport Jazz Festival and recorded with
Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, experimental rock guitarist
Harvey Mandel and premier jazz guitarist Hank Garland, to name a
The interactive Nashville Cats programs include in-depth, one-on-one
interviews with the players themselves; audio-visual elements,
including vintage recordings, photos and film clips culled from the
Museum's Frist Library and Archive; and, in some cases, instrument
demonstrations. Visitors will be encouraged to ask questions. Museum
Instrument Curator Bill Lloyd hosts the sessions.
Museum memberships ($25/adults and $10/youth) include one year of
unlimited admission to the Museum, discounts in the Museum Store,
SoBro Grill and Hatch Show Print, and more. Membership support helps
fund research, education and public programs that make country music
history available to a worldwide audience.
These programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the
Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and by an agreement between
the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the
Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Country Music
Hall of Fame and Museum is operated by the Country Music
Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization
chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The Museum's mission is
the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular
music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission,
the Foundation also operates CMF Records, the Museum's Frist Library
and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B, and Hatch Show Print.
More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is
www.countrymusichalloffame.com or by calling (615) 416-
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