This Day In Music 04.04.2016
Robert William Gary Moore was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on 4 April 1952. Moore started performing at a young age, having picked up a battered acoustic gutar at the age of eight. He got his first quality guitar at the age of 14, learning to play the right-handed instrument in the standard way despite being left-handed.
Aiming to become a musician, he moved to Dublin at the age of 16. Moore's greatest influence in the early days was guitarist Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac who was a mentor to Moore when performing in Dublin. Other musical influences were artists such as Albert King, Elvis Presley, The Shadows, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.
In Dublin, Moore joined the group Skid Row with Noel Bridgeman and Brendan “Brush” Shiels. It was with this group that he earned a reputation in the music industry and his association with Phil Lynott began.
In 1970, Moore moved to England and remained there. In 1973, under the name "The Gary Moore Band", he released his first solo album "Grinding Stone".
In 1974 he re-joined Lynott, when he first joined Thin Lizzy. From 1975 to August 1978, he was a member of Colosseum ll. In 1977, he re-joined Thin Lizzy, first as a temporary replacement for Brian Robertson, and on a permanent basis a year later.
In July 1979, he left the band permanently to focus on his solo career,
He experimented with many musical genres, including rock, jazz, blues, country, electric blues, hard rock and heavymetal.
The combination of Moore's blues-based guitar and Lynott's voice produced Parisienne Walkways which reached the Top Ten in the UK Singles chart in April 1979Gary Moore - Parisienne Walkways (Live at Montreux, 2010)
Thin Lizzy's Black Rose: A Rock Legend album reached number two in the UK album chart. Moore appears in the videos for Waiting for an Alibi and Do Anything You Want To.
Thin Lizzy - Do Anything You Want To
After a series of rock records, Moore returned to blues music with Still Got the Blues released in 1990Gary Moore - Still Got The Blues last concert (Live at Montreux, 2010)
He stayed with the blues format until 1997 when he returned to the harder rock, but with a softer, more pop and ballad-oriented sound on Dark Days in Paradise.
With Back to the Blues, Moore returned to the blues format in 2001: he continued with this style on Power of the Blues (2004), Old New Ballads Blues (2006), Close As You Get (2007), and Bad For You Baby (2008).
Gary Moore died of a heart attack in his sleep at the age of 58 during the early hours of 6 February 2011, while on vacation in Estepona, Spain.
Metallica’s Kirk Hammett owns one of the most iconic and revered electric guitars: a 1959 Les Paul Standard that was previously owned by Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green and, subsequently, by his disciple, Irish rocker Gary Moore. Hammett, a fan of both guitarists, purchased the guitar for a reported $2 million.