December 1

Celebrating His 85th Birthday: All About Bob Moore’s Bass

Bob Moore is one of country music’s most insanely talented bass players. He also happens to be part of Nashville’s so-called “A-Team” of studio musicians. Now that he is celebrating his 85th birthday, it is only fitting that we take a moment to revisit some of his most remarkable works as a dedicated and gifted musician.

Bob Moore is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. An orchestra leader, session musician, and bassist, his interest and exposure in music began back when he was just a young lad. When he reached the age of 15, he began playing the double bass with a musical group from Grand Ole Opry during a tent show tour. Then, when he turned 18, Moore was offered a position to tour with Little Jimmy Dickens, which he accepted. The more exposure and opportunities he got, the better he became at playing the bass.  At the age of 23, he got an offer to perform at Ozark Jubilee, the popular Red Foley ABC-TV show.

Bob Moore’s career truly began to blossom from the 1950’s to the 1960’s.

He was hired by Owen Bradley in 1950 for a direct-do-disk transcription, a task which was recorded through the cable from the Ryman Theatre stage. After Bradley succeeded the position as head of Decca Records in the Nashville division, he took Moore with him and hired him as a session musician. From there, Bob Moore lent his talent in bass playing and performed in over 17,000 documented recording sessions. That was also when he became a key member of the Nashville A-Team.

He performed and worked alongside numerous country music legends as well, namely, Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers, Patsy Cline, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, and George Jones. Then, he put up his own record label, Monument Records with the partnership of Fred Foster. From there, Bob Moore created arrangements for Roy Orbison and even formed his own orchestra in 1960, called Bob Moore Orchestra. His musical group recorded an album which included a 1961 45 rpm single called Mexico. The single reached the 7th spot on the Billboard pop music chart.

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

To this day, Moore remains an active contributor to the booming country music scene.


Bob Moore, Decca Records, Nashville, Owen Bradley

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