Chanteur et pianiste Country US né Merrill Everett Moore le 26 Septembre 1923 à Algona (Iowa). Merrill Moore a débuté en 1948 à San Diego (Californie). En 1952, il enregistre chez Capitol Records où il y restera jusqu'en 1959. Après un album en 1969 chez B & C, il disparaît des studios, continuant néanmoins à se produire dans les clubs de San Diego. Merrill Moore est décédé le 14 Juin 2000 à San Diego (Californie).

Pianist Merrill Moore's unique style fused Western swing, boogie-woogie, and early R&B in a melting pot that many critics felt was a distinct influence on rockabilly, especially Jerry Lee Lewis. Born in Algona, IA, in 1923, Moore began playing the piano at age seven and by 12 was performing on a Des Moines radio station. After high school, he played in a band on the Midwestern ballroom circuit, taking a break to serve in the Navy during World War II. Afterwards, he married his high-school sweetheart and moved to San Diego, where he started playing the club circuit. He got a regular gig with local club kingpin Jimmy Kennedy and put together the Saddle, Rock & Rhythm Boys as his backing band in 1950. Kennedy helped get Moore a record deal with Capitol in 1952, and that year he released his first single, "Big Bug Boogie." 1953's "House of Blue Lights" became a national hit, but Kennedy refused to allow the band to tour or promote the record: He'd signed them to a seven-year deal to play six nights a week and had only gotten them the record contract to increase their local drawing power. Moore continued to record occasional boogies and novelty tunes for Capitol, issuing an extremely rare self-titled EP in 1955. That same year, he walked out on his contract with Kennedy and moved to Los Angeles.Moore performed regularly on Cliffie Stone's music program Hometown Jamboree and also worked as a session pianist, appearing on records by the likes of Tommy Sands ("Teenage Crush"), Johnny Cash, Faron Young, Hank Thompson, Sonny James, and Kay Starr, among others. He recorded only one more session for Capitol, a selection of instrumentals that wasn't released until 1990 by Bear Family. Moore returned to San Diego in 1962, taking up residency in a hotel lounge. He worked clubs and similar venues for the next couple of decades, sometimes venturing into Nevada and Arizona. A car accident in 1986 put him on hiatus for a few years, but Moore spent most of the '90s playing regularly at Mr. A's in San Diego, leaving in 1998. He lost a battle with cancer on June 14, 2000.

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Talents : Singer, Piano

Style musical : Traditional Country, Honky Tonk, Country Boogie, Rock 'n' Roll, Boogie Woogie

Big Bug Boogie (1952)

The House Of Blue Lights (1953)

Snatchin' And Grabbin' (1954)

ROCK-ROCKOLA (1955)

DOWN THE ROAD A PIECE (1956)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t., Singles & EP

10/1952 78 t. CAPITOL 2226 (US) . Big Bug Boogie  / Corrine Corrina
10/1952 SP CAPITOL F2226 (US) . Big Bug Boogie  / Corrine Corrina
03/1953 78 t. CAPITOL 2386 (US) . Red Light  / Bartender's Blues
03/1953 SP CAPITOL F2386 (US) . Red Light  / Bartender's Blues
09/1953 78 t. CAPITOL 2574 (US) . The House Of Blue Lights  / Bell Bottom Boogie
09/1953 SP CAPITOL F2574 (US) . The House Of Blue Lights  / Bell Bottom Boogie
1953 78 t. CAPITOL 1930/2574 (US) . The Way I Feel (Four Knights) / The House Of Blue Lights  (Merrill MOORE)
01/1954 78 t. CAPITOL 2691 (US) . Snatchin' And Grabbin'  / Sweet Jennie Lee  (instr.)
01/1954 SP CAPITOL F2691 (US) . Snatchin' And Grabbin'  / Sweet Jennie Lee  (instr.)
05/1954 78 t. CAPITOL 2796 (US)  . Fly Right Boogie / Nola
05/1954 SP CAPITOL F2796 (US) . Fly Right Boogie / Nola
10/1954 78 t. CAPITOL 2924 (US) . Doggie House Boogie  / Ten, Ten A.M.
10/1954 SP CAPITOL F2924 (US) . Doggie House Boogie  / Ten, Ten A.M.
02/1955 SP CAPITOL F3034 (US) . Rock-Rockola  / Cow Cow Boogie
1955 EP CAPITOL EAP 1-608 (US) The House Of Blue Lights  / Nola  / Cow Cow Boogie  / Red Light
06/1955 SP CAPITOL F3140 (US) . Yes, Indeed / One Way Door
09/1955 SP CAPITOL F3226 (US) . Hard Top Race  / Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue
11/1955 SP CAPITOL CL 14369 (UK) . Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue  / Hard Top Race
01/1956 SP CAPITOL F3311 (US) . Down The Road A Piece  / Cooing To The Wrong Pigeon
04/1956 SP CAPITOL F3397 (US) . Merrill MOORE with Cliffie STONE'S Orchestra - King Porter Stomp  / Rock Island Line
10/1956 SP CAPITOL F3563 (US) . Gotta Gimme What'cha Got  / She's Gone
05/1957 SP CAPITOL F3721 (US) . Barrel House Bessie / Tuck Me To Sleep In My Old 'tucky Home
09/1957 SP CAPITOL F3788 (US) . Nursery Rhyme Blues  / Buttermilk Baby
05/1968 SP EMBER EMBS 253 (UK) . Down The Road A Piece  / Buttermilk Baby
05/1969 SP B & C CB 100 (UK) . Sweet Mama Tree Top Tall / Little Green Apples
1969 SP Discográfica Talar TT-2014 (SP) Let The Good Times Roll / Wabash Cannonball
09/1977 SP CAPITOL CL 15940 (UK) . Merrill E. MOORE - Mr Big Feet / Boogie My Blues Away
1981 SP BULLDOG BD 20 (UK) . Merrill E. MOORE - Red Light  / The House Of Blue Lights



 

Unissued Tracks

19?? CAPITOL unissued - (Bear Family CD 15505 (#4) / Beat Goes On CD 468 (#28) / Capitol (England) LP 1009 (#12)) Saddle Boogie (instr.)
19?? CAPITOL unissued - (Bear Family CD 15505 (#16)) I Think I Love You
19?? CAPITOL unissued - (Bear Family CD 15505 (#22) / Beat Goes On CD 468 (#21) / Capitol (England) LP 1009 (#5) / GVC CD 2016 (#42)) Boogie My Blues Away
19?? CAPITOL unissued - (Bear Family CD 15505 (#36)) Back Home In Indiana
19?? CAPITOL unissued - (Bear Family CD 15505 (#41)) Jumpin' At The Woodside
19?? CAPITOL unissued - (Bear Family CD 15505 (#35)) Lazy River
19?? CAPITOL unissued - (Bear Family CD 15505 (#43)) Moore Blues
19?? CAPITOL unissued - (Bear Family CD 15505 (#33)) Music Music Music
19?? CAPITOL unissued - (Bear Family CD 15505 (#40)) Nobody's Sweetheart
19?? CAPITOL unissued - (Bear Family CD 15505 (#44)) Sentimental
19?? CAPITOL unissued - (Bear Family CD 15505 (#38)) Shanty In Old Shanty Town
19?? CAPITOL unissued - (Bear Family CD 15505 (#42)) Somebody Stole My Gal
19?? CAPITOL unissued - (Bear Family CD 15505 (#37)) South
19?? CAPITOL unissued - (Bear Family CD 15505 (#34)) Sun Valley Walk
19?? CAPITOL unissued - (Bear Family CD 15505 (#39)) Sweet Georgia Brown

Albums

1967 LP 12" EMBER EMB-3392 (UK) BELLYFUL OF BLUE THUNDER - House Of Blue Lights / Rock Rock Ola / Flyright Boogie / Corrine Corrina / Hard Top Race / Bartender's Blues / Tuck Me To Sleep In My Old 'Tucky Home / Red Light / Bell Bottom Boogie / Big Bug Boogie / Barrel House Bessie / Rock Island Line / Nursery Rhyme Blues / Doggie Hosue Blues
1968 LP 12" EMBER EMB-3394 (UK)

Rough-House 88 - Buttermilk Baby / Ten Ten A.M. / Cow Cow Boogie / Sweet Jenny Lee / Five Foot Two Eyes Of Blue / It's A One Way Door / Down The Road A Piece / Gotta Gimme What'cha Got / Nola Boogie / King Porter Stomp / Yes Indeed / She's Gone / Snatchin' And Grabbin' / Cooing To The Wrong Pigeon

1969 LP 12" B & C CAS-1001 (UK) TREE TO TALL - House Of Blue Lights '69 / Wabash Blues / Kansas City / Born To Lose / Texas In My Soul / Bring Me Sunshine / Sweet Mama / Tree Top Tall / Release Me / Let The Good Times Roll / She Won't Let Me / Forget Her / Wabash Cannonball / Little Green Apples
1980 LP 12" M & D LP 2856 (US) Merrill Moore's Music - House Of Blue Lights / Wabash Blues / Kansas City / Born To Lose / Texas In My Soul / Bring Me Sunshine / Sweet Mama-Treetop Tall / Please Release Me / Let The Good Time Roll / She Won't Let Me Forget Her / Wabash Cannonball / Little Green Apples
1982 LP 12" BULLDOG BDL-2011 (UK) 20 GOLDEN PIECES - (Merrill E. MOORE) - Buttermilk Baby / Ten, Ten A.M. / Cow Cow Boogie / Sweet Jenny Lee / Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue / It's A One Way Door / Down The Road A Piece / Gotta Gimme What'cha Got / Nola Boogie / King Porter Stomp / Yes Indeed / She's Gone / Snatchin' And Grabbin' / Cooing To The Wrong Pigeon / House Of Blue Lights / Rock Rockola / Fly Right Boogie / Corina Corina / Hard Top Race / Bartender's Blues
11/1990 2 CD BEAR FAMILY BCD 15505 (DE) BOOGIE MY BLUES AWAY :
CD 1 : Rock-Rock Ola / House Of Blue Lights / Big Bug Boogie / Saddle Boogie / Corrine, Corrina / Red Light / Bartender's Blues / Hard Top Race / Nola Boogie / Bell Bottom Boogie / Doggie House Boogie / Sweet Jenny Lee / Fly Right Boogie / One Way Door / Snatchin' And Grabbin' / I Think I Love You Too / Ten, Ten A.M. / Nola Boogie (EP version) / Yes Indeed / Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue / Cow Cow Boogie / Boogie My Blues Away
CD 2 : Rock Island Line / King Porter Stomp / Cooing To The Wrong Pigeon / She's Gone / Down The Road A Piece / Gotta Gimme What'Cha Got / Nursery Rhyme Blues / Buttermilk Baby / Barrel House Bessie / Tuck Me To Sleep In My Old 'Tucky Home / Music, Music, Music / Sun Valley Walk / Lazy River / Back Home Indiana / South / Shanty In Old Shanty Town / Sweet Georgia Brown / Nobody's Sweetheart / Jumpin' At The Woodside / Somebody Stole My Gal / Moore Blues / Sentimental Journey
11/2008 CD ACROBAT 4051 (US) THE HOUSE OF BLUE LIGHTS - Corrine Corrina / Big Bug Boogie / Saddle Boogie / Bartender's Blues / Hard Top Race / Red Light / The House Of Blue Lights / Snatchin' And Grabbin' / Bell Bottom Boogie / Sweet Jennie Lee / Fly Right Boogie / Nola Boogie [EP version] / (It's A) One Way Door / I Think I Love You Too / Nola Boogie / Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue / Doggie House Boogie / Ten Ten Am / Cow Cow Boogie / Boogie My Blues Away / Yes Indeed / Rock-Rockola / Yes Indeed [alternate take] / Cooing To The Wrong Pigeon / Gotta Gimme What'cha Got / Down The Road Apiece / She's Gone / Rock Island Line / King Porter Stomp / Buttermilk Baby / Nursery Rhyme Blues / Barrel House Bessie / Tuck Me To Sleep In My Old
08/2015 2 CD ACROBAT ADDCD 3136 (US) The Merrill Moore Collection - 1952-58 :
CD 1 : Corrine Corinna / Big Bug Boogie / Bartender's Blues / Red Light / The House Of Blue Lights / Bell Bottom Boogie / Sweet Jennie Lee / Snatchin' And Grabbin' / Nola Boogie / Fly Right Boogie / Doggie House Boogie / Ten Ten A.M / Rock-Rockola / Cow Cow Boogie / Yes, Indeed / One Way Door / Hard Top Race / Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue (Has Anybody Seen My Girl') / Down The Road A Piece / Cooing To The Wrong Pigeon / King Porter Stomp / Rock Island Line / Gotta Gimme What'cha Got
CD 2 : She's Gone / Barrel House Bessie / Tuck Me To Sleep In My Old 'Tucky Home / Nursery Rhyme Blues / Buttermilk Baby / Nola Boogie / Saddle Boogie / I Think I Love You Too / Boogie My Blues Away / Yes Indeed / Music Music Music / Sun Valley Walk / Back Home In Indiana / South / Sentimental Journey / Shanty In Old Shanty Town / Sweet Georgia Brown / Moore Blues / Nobody's Sweetheart / Jumpin' At The Woodside / Somebody Stole My Gal / Lazy River

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