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# Johnny Moore (John Dudley Moore, October 20, 1906, Austin, Texas - January 6, 1969, Los Angeles, California) was guitarist playing with Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers

# Johnny Arlington “Dizzy” Moore OD (October 5, 1938 - August 16, 2008) was a Jamaican trumpet player and founding member of pioneering Jamaican ska and reggae act, The Skatalites.

A friend of his attended the Alpha Boys School, which catered for wayward boys and was renowned for its strong musical programme, and impressed by his playing, Moore decided on a strategy of misbehaving to get sent there himself, which worked after (he later claimed) pulling “a couple of pranks” to show that he was “going haywire”. While at the school he took up the trumpet and studied musical composition under bandleader Ruben Delgado. On leaving the school, he joined the army, playing in the Jamaica Military Band. He was dismissed from the army after three years on a charge of being “not amenable to military service”. He then joined the Mapletoft Poulle Orchestra, and Eric Dean’s band, but was thrown out for growing dreadlocks. He regularly visited the Rastafarian camp led by Count Ossie at Wareika Hill, and worked as a session musician in the early 1960s, and played in studio band The Cavaliers.


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