Gary Moore

Gary Moore
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Moore in 2008
Background information
Birth nameRobert William Gary Moore
Born(1952-04-04)4 April 1952
Belfast, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
Died6 February 2011(2011-02-06) (aged 58)
Estepona, Malaga Province, Spain
Genres
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, harmonica, keyboards
Years active1969–2011
LabelsVirgin, Charisma, Eagle
Associated actsSkid Row, Thin Lizzy, Colosseum II, Phil Lynott, Greg Lake, BBM, G Force, www.gary-moore.com

Robert William Gary Moore (4 April 1952[1] – 6 February 2011) was a Northern Irish rock guitarist and singer-songwriter.

During his teenage years in the 1960's, Moore played in the line up of a number of local Belfast based bands, before a move to Dublin, after being asked to join the Irish band Skid Row, whose soon to depart lead singer, was one Phil Lynott. Later on, Moore could be seen playing in the likes of Thin Lizzy and British band Colosseum II, as well as having his own, highly successful solo career split between the genres of heavy metal and blues. Moore shared the stage with such blues and rock musicians as B.B. King, Albert King, John Mayall, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Albert Collins, George Harrison, and Greg Lake.

Early life and career

Moore grew up on Castleview Road opposite Stormont Parliament Buildings, off the Upper Newtownards Road in east Belfast, as one of five children of Bobby, a promoter, and Winnie, a housewife. He left the city as a teenager, because of troubles in his family – his parents parted a year later – just as The Troubles were starting in Northern Ireland.[2]

Moore picked up a battered acoustic guitar at the age of ten. He started performing at a young age, making his live debut in a school band, during the intermission of one of his father's promoted shows. He got his first quality guitar (a Fender Telecaster) at the age of 14, and learned to play the right-handed instrument in the standard way, despite being left-handed.

In 1968, after performing with a number of Belfast-based bands, Gary Moore, at the age of 16, was "headhunted" as the replacement guitarist in the Dublin-based band Skid Row and he moved to Dublin. Moore's greatest influence in the early days was English guitarist Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac who was a mentor to Moore when performing in Dublin.

Other early musical influences were artists such as Albert King, Elvis Presley, The Shadows, Buddy Guy and The Beatles. Later, having seen Jimi Hendrix, Roy Buchanan and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in his home town of Belfast, his own style was developing into a blues-rock sound that would be the dominant form of his career in music.

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