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Merrill Moore The House of Blue Lights (CD)

The House of Blue Lights (CD)

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weight in Kg 0,110


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Merrill Moore: The House of Blue Lights (CD)

(2008/Acrobat) 33 tracks


Merrill Moore - The House of Blue Lights (CD) Medium 1
1: Corrine Corrina
2: Big Bug Boogie
3: Saddle Boogie
4: Bartender's Blues
5: Hard Top Race
6: Red Light
7: The House Of Blue Lights
8: Snatchin' And Grabbin'
9: Bell Bottom Boogie
10: Sweet Jennie Lee
11: Fly Right Boogie
12: Nola Boogie (EP version)
13: (It's A) One Way Door
14: I Think I Love You Too
15: Nola Boogie (Single Version)
16: Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue
17: Doggie House Boogie
18: Ten Ten AM
19: Cow Cow Boogie
20: Boogie My Blues Away
21: Yes Indeed
22: Rock-Rockola
23: Yes Indeed (Alternate Take)
24: Cooing To The Wrong Pigeon
25: Gotta Gimme What'cha Got
26: Down The Road Apiece
27: She's Gone
28: Rock Island Line
29: King Porter Stomp
30: Buttermilk Baby
31: Nursery Rhyme Blues
32: Barrel House Bessie
33: Tuck Me To Sleep In My Old 'Tucky Home  


Artikeleigenschaften von Merrill Moore: The House of Blue Lights (CD)

  • Interpret: Merrill Moore

  • Albumtitel: The House of Blue Lights (CD)

  • Format CD
  • Genre Rock 'n' Roll

  • Title The House of Blue Lights (CD)
  • Release date 2008

  • SubGenre Rock - Rock'n'Roll

  • EAN: 0824046405120

  • weight in Kg 0.110

Artist description "Moore, Merrill"

Merrill Moore

Red Light

When hailed as a rock 'n' roll pioneer, Merrill Moore was usually too polite to say that he really didn't care for rock 'n' roll at all. Born on September 25 (or 26th, per his application for Social Security), 1923, in Algona, Iowa, Moore began playing piano on the family farm. Aged 12, he was the pianist for the Cooper Family Gospel Quartet. In 1941, he became a professional musician, joining the Chuck Hall Band on a tour of Midwestern ballrooms. After service in World War II, Moore and his wife, whom he'd met in the gospel quartet, made their way to California. By 1948, they'd settled in San Diego, and he was playing the oceanfront bars. Following an impromptu performance at a musicians' party, Moore was offered a seven-year contract by a local kingpin, Jimmy Kennedy, who brought him to the attention of Capitol Records' A&R man Ken Nelson. After coming to San Diego to catch the band, Nelson offered a contract. Moore played sophisticated boogie woogie and blues, rooted in the jazz and western swing he loved. His favorite artist was Freddie Slack, and his goal was to re-create the big band sound with a small group. The problem was that Moore couldn't tour to support his records because he was locked into Kennedy's clubs. As a result, the records only sold locally. Nelson remained a fan and used Moore on sessions by Skeets McDonald, Sonny James, Wanda Jackson, Faron Young, Merle Travis, and others.

Red Light was Merrill Moore's second single, and it was a loose aggregation of blues clichés that made up in panache what it lacked in originality. The listed composers on the record were two Tin Pan Alley veterans, Harold Adamson and Jimmy McHugh, but Capitol got it wrong. The song was written and originally recorded in 1946 by jazz bassist Red Callender and his drummer, Lucky Enois. Moore probably didn't hear Callender's record but had most assuredly heard Roy Milton's 1946 recording for Milton's own label. While most white singers churned out excessively mannered and milder versions of R&B songs, Moore's Red Light was more amped up than Callender's original and even gave Milton a run for his money. 'Billboard' liked Moore's record, saying "novelty could pull dee-jay spins." Alas not. Moore recorded for Capitol until 1958, but never left the clubs of San Diego.

And then, some ten years later, he became a legend in a country he'd never thought about. Max Needham, a columnist in Britain's 'Record Mirror,'began a quixotic one-man quest to popularize Merrill Moore. In 1967, he persuaded British Ember Records to license an album of Moore's Capitol recordings, grandiloquently titled 'Belly Full Of Blue-Thunder.' Needham's liner notes made up in hyperbole what they lacked in knowledge. Moore was tracked down and recorded an album for B&C Records (where Needham worked) in 1969. He eventually went to England in 1970. "I was shocked by all the people swarming about me, saying I was some kind of rockabilly pioneer," he said. "First of all, I didn't know what rockabilly was." Still in San Diego, Moore died on June 14, 2000 (or June 15 per his Social Security file). (For all of Merrill Moore's Capitol recordings, see Bear Family's 2-CD set, 'Boogie My Blues Away', BCD 15505).

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