Deacon John Moore
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Deacon John Moore
Moore at the Richmond Folk Festival 2015
|Birth name||John Moore|
|Born||June 23, 1941|
|Origin||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Genres||Blues, Rhythm and Blues|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, bandleader, actor|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, tambourine|
|Years active||1950s –|
|Labels||Minit Records, RedBone Records, Vetter Communications|
|Website||Deacon John's Jump Blues|
Deacon John Moore (born June 23, 1941, New Orleans, Louisiana) better known as Deacon John, is a blues, rhythm and blues and rock and roll musician, singer, actor, and bandleader. John Moore was given the name "Deacon" by one of his band members. He did not like the name at first as he thought everyone would assume he was a gospel singer and never get gigs. However, based upon his early reputation, and at the urging of a music promoter, he decided to keep it as has been "Deacon John" ever since.
He was active on the New Orleans R&B scene since his teens, and became a session man on many hit recordings of the late 1950s and the 1960s, including those by Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey, Ernie K-Doe, and others.
His band The Ivories at New Orleans' Dew Drop Inn attracted an enthusiastic following, sometimes upstaging visiting national acts Moore was hired to open for. While highly regarded locally and by his fellow musicians, lack of hit records under his own name kept him from the national fame achieved by a number of his peers.
In 2000 Moore was inducted into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame.
He is featured in the documentary segment Going Back to New Orleans: The Deacon John Film and the concert CD, Deacon John's Jump Blues (2003).
On April 10, 2007, Moore's son Keith was shot and killed at the age of 42, in New Orleans. Keith was locally famous in New Orleans as ambient noise artist, Jambox Pyramid, and member of the punk band Manchild. In addition, Keith co-founded the experimental music event Noizefest in 2005 with local producer Sir Stephen, as an alternative, modern addition to the Jazzfest festivities.
In January 2008, Deacon John was selected to close the Inauguration of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal by performing "God Bless America" with the 156th Army Band and a Navy fly-over of jets, and later headline the Governor's Inaugural Ball.
Moore had his first taste of acting 1987 by appearing in the horror film Angel Heart. Moore did not appear on the big screen again until 2013 when he had a cameo in another horror film, The Last Exorcism Part II. Moore also guest starred in a few episodes of Treme during 2010.
- 1990 Singer of Song (Singer of Song)
- 1999 Live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 1994 (RedBone)
- 2003 Deacon John's Jump Blues (Vetter) CD & DVD
|2013||The Last Exorcism Part II||Old Bluesman|
|2010||Treme||Danny Nelson||3 episodes|
|1987||Angel Heart||Toots Sweet Band – Lead Guitar|
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