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Bob Loyce Moore (born November 30, 1932 in Nashville, Tennessee), is an American session musician, orchestra leader, and legendary bassist.

Moore developed his musical skills as a boy, and by age fifteen he was playing double bass on a tent show tour with a Grand Ole Opry musical group. At age eighteen he excepted a position touring with Little Jimmy Dickens. At age twenty, his abilities brought an offer to play on the famed Red Foley TV show, The Ozark Jubilee. Working with Foley’s band in Springfield, Missouri while traveling to Nashville on weekends proved to be exhausting. After two years, he returned to his native Nashville.

Bob Moore was a child of 12 when he first met Owen Bradley. At that time, Owen was playing trombone in WSM’s staff band. In 1950 Owen Bradley hired Bob Moore to perform on a direct-to-disk transcription which was uploaded via cable from the stage of the Ryman Theatre. Soon thereafter, Owen Bradley became the head of Nashville’s division of Decca records. Bob Moore’s blossoming musical talent coincided perfectly with Owen Bradley’s transition to businessman and thus, Bob’s session musician career was born.

Bob Moore went on to perform on more than seventeen thousand recordings sessions or the equivalent of about 50,000 songs.

In 1958 he played on his first of many Elvis Presley sessions. The following year he teamed up with Fred Foster to establish Monument Records where he would become part of the musical success of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, Roy Orbison. In 1960, he formed the Bob Moore Orchestra and recorded an album which included the song “Mexico” that as a 45rpm single went to No. 7 on the Billboard pop music charts.


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