Red Moore

2006 - Individual Artist

Red Moore was born Sept. 24, 1933, in Fort Madison next to the mighty Mississippi. This was during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. Although not from a musical family, Red was soon caught up in the country music of the 30’s and 40’s with Gene Autry, Ernest Tubb and Bob Willis’s Western Swing appealing to his eardrums.

After graduation for high school he picked up his playing time at dances, clubs fairs and honky tonks with various musicians until 1958 when he formed the Red Moore and the Rhythm Drifters Band. Joining him in the band were Johnny Jobe and Bill Hall, both from Keokuk.

In 1959 Red cut the record “Crawdad Song” at the Fredlo Recording Studio in Davenport on his own Red Label by Starday Records in Nashville, TN. It was an up-tempo song that would later be dubbed Rockabilly. Later he went into Rock ‘n Roll which many musicians did in that time period.

After continuing the club and dance circuit in the early 1960’s, Red along with Johnny Jobe on drums, Johnny Burdette on lead guitar, Shanks Leaderbrand on steel guitar and Willie Boon on bass, cooked into the Western Club in Gulf Port, IL for a two week gig that lasted eight and one half years.

The club booked Nashville stars every other week and being the house band, they got to play with many of the greats…past and present. Red has met and/or played with the likes of: Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Ray Price, Johnny Paycheck, Don Rich, Little Jimmy Dickens, Ernest Tubb, Lefty Frizzell, Carl Smith and dozens of others.

After leaving the Western Club, Red did the club circuit again until quitting and moving to Arkansas in 1976. In the early 80’s Red’s “Crawdad Song” caught fire overseas after a German label picked up the distribution for the Rockabilly and RockNRoll craze that was sweeping Europe. It has been picked up by several other labels since and is still going strong today after over 46 years.

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