Wednesday, September 22, 2021

September 22 - Bass-player Bob More Died

Bass-player Bob Moore died. He was 88.

Moore was an American session musician, orchestra leader and bassist who was a member of the  Nashville A-Team during the 1950s and 1960s. He performed on over 17,000 documented recording sessions, backing popular acts such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Quincy Jones, and many others. 

Bob Moore was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2007.

In 1958, he played on his first of many sessions with Elvis Presley on hits like 'I Got Stung', 'A Big Hunk of Love, 'A Fool Such As I', 'Wooden Heart', 'Stuck on You', 'His Latest Flame', 'Fever', 'It’s Now Or Never', 'Surrender', 'Viva Las Vegas' and 'Guitar Man', close to 250 songs in total. His last work with Elvis was in 1968, before Elvis left for Las Vegas. He also played with Elvis on the 1961 Hawaiian benefit. 

In an interview with the Art of Slap Bass website he remembered working with Elvis. 

"Elvis was a nice guy. Elvis called me ‘King.’ It was his ‘buddy’ name for me. This was, of course, long before he came to be referred to as ‘The King.’ Elvis was a good person. A genuine, likeable person. He had a beautiful voice. He was very serious about his music. Dedicated. But not a boring stick in the mud. 

We always laughed and had a good time in the studio. Elvis loved hanging with the guys and being part of the creative process. Looking back, I’m sure those years were the happiest years of Elvis’ life. It hurts me deeply to know his life ended so tragically."

You can read the entire interview on >>> the Art of the Slap Bass website.

(Source: Facebook / Wikipedia / The Art of Slap / ElvisNews)