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Johnny Moore's Three Blazers


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Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers were a successful and influential vocal and instrumental group in the 1940s and 1950s.

The original members were :-

Johnny Moore (b. John Dudley Moore, 20 October 1906, Austin, Texas - d. 6 January 1969, Los Angeles, California)
Charles Brown (b. 13 September 1920, Texas City, Texas – d. 21 January 1999, Oakland, California)
Eddie Williams (b. 12 June 1912, San Augustine, Texas – d. 18 February 1995, Los Angeles)

Johnny Moore (who was not related to the singer with The Drifters) and his younger brother Oscar grew up in Texas and then Phoenix, Arizona, where they both started playing guitar and formed their own string band. In the mid 1930s they relocated to Los Angeles, where Oscar Moore, who had become influenced by Charlie Christian and turned to jazz, joined the King Cole Trio.

Johnny remained devoted to rhythm and blues, his guitar style being considered to be an influence on Chuck Berry. He joined and formed several groups, before forming The Three Blazers with two fellow Texans, bassist Eddie Williams and pianist and singer Charles Brown, who was newly arrived in the city. After the Cole Trio moved from Atlas Records to Capitol in 1943, Oscar suggested to Atlas boss Robert Scherman that he replace them with his brother Johnny’s group. Scherman agreed to record the Blazers if Oscar would play with them, and the recordings were released as by “Oscar Moore with The Three Blazers”. Although this upset Johnny, it brought the group some exposure, and in 1945 they had their first hit, backing Ivory Joe Hunter on “Blues At Sunrise”.


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