Johnny Moore (singer)
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|Birth name||John Alfred Moore|
December 14, 1934|
Selma, Alabama, United States
|Died||December 30, 1998
|Genres||Soul, R&B, pop|
|Associated acts||The Drifters, The Hornets|
Johnny Moore (December 14, 1934 – December 30, 1998) was an American rhythm and blues singer with the Drifters. He was one of the group's principal lead singers,leading on many of their hit singles, and was a 1988 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Drifters.
Born John Alfred Moore in Selma, Alabama, United States, he began as lead of the Cleveland based group the Hornets, before being discovered by the Drifters. He joined the group as lead vocalist in New York in 1955, at age 21. He was drafted into the US Army for national service; upon returning, he recorded as a soloist under the name "Johnny Darrow". He rejoined the Drifters, now with four new members, and became the lead singer in 1964, after the death of Rudy Lewis, who was due to record "Under the Boardwalk" the next day, and Moore took over the lead vocals. Subsequently, he became permanent lead. Moore had a string of hits with the group in the 1960s, most notably "Saturday Night At The Movies", "Come On Over To My Place", "At The Club" and "Up In The Streets Of Harlem". He remained with the group touring the United Kingdom from early 1970 to 1998, establishing him as the group's longest-serving member.
Having relocated to the UK in the early 1970s, Moore and the group scored with a string of hits, "Kissin' in the Back Row of the Movies", "There Goes My First Love", "Can I Take You Home Little Girl", "Hello Happiness" and "You're More Than a Number in My Little Red Book".
In 1982, exhausted, he left the group and then launched his own group based in London.
He is not to be confused with Sylvia Robinson's brother-in-law of the same name who performed briefly with the R&B group the Moments, later known as 'Ray, Goodman & Brown'.
Moore died en route to a London hospital. The cause of death was of respiratory failure and Moore was survived by his wife Jennifer Moore, and their three children, Christian Moore, David Moore, and John Moore Jr who reside in London, England.
Award and recognition
- In 1988, Moore was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- Moore was given a posthumous Pioneer Award in 1999 by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.