October 14 - 20, 2018
Year of Release: 1997
South Of The Border
(Down Mexico Way)
My Adobe Hacienda
Corazon D'Oro (Heart Of Gold)
Vaya Con Dios
(Theme From) My Three Sons
(The Four Seasons)
Flowers Of Florence
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Bob Moore is an American session musician, orchestra leader, and bassist who was a member of the Nashville A-Team during the 1950s and 1960s.
He performed on over 17,000 documented recording sessions, backing popular acts such as Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison. He started playing bass at
age 15. At 18, he toured with Little Jimmy Dickens. At age 23, he was offered to play on Red Foley's TV show, Ozark Jubilee. In 1958, he had played
on many of Elvis Presley's RCA Studio B sessions. In 1959, he worked for Monument Records, which would be the label for Roy Orbison, as he was the
label's musical director. He created arrangements for Orbison. He is still with us, as he is 85 years old; his next birthday is November 30.
In 1961, he would record an album which included the song "Mexico," which would become a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Pop chart. It would
top the Easy Listening chart, and sold over one million copies. The familiar bass line on Roger Miller's "King of the Road" was also performed
I had never heard of Bob Moore, or his hit "Mexico." His name and song was introduced to me recently, in researching the Billboard #1 songs
for the Easy Listening/Adult Contemporary chart. Collectables' compilation of Bob Moore's music, Mexico is the only recorded album I could
find. Being titled Mexico, the album is a collection of Mexican-flavored songs.
The common Mexican instrumentation are here: Spanish guitars and horns. Another comparison in this style is Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass.
It's obvious this collection is Spanish, with its many Spanish titles, such as "La Paloma," "Cielito Lindo," "Nuevo Laredo," "My Adobe Hacienda,"
"El Picador," "Ninita Linda." There are some tunes that I remember: "South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way)" (Shep Fields), "Blue
Tango" (Leroy Anderson), "Mexicali Rose" (Dale McBride), "Vaya Con Dios" (Les Paul & Mary Ford), and from television, "(Theme From)
My Three Sons." It is interesting to hear all of these songs that I remembered in the Spanish-flavored style. (Yet the My Three Suns theme
doesn't really sound Spanish-Flavored; it sounds more like the TV theme, yet having a more "Lawrence Welk atmosphere" about it.) And from that song on,
it has a more standard band sound. "Hot Spot" has a great "big band" sound; not sounding from the 1940s, yet it is more orchestrated, as songs
such as this was in this style in the 1960s. Artists such as Lawrence Welk, Percy Faith, Jackie Gleason, Martin Denny, Enoch Light come to mind.
Bob Moore had an amazing career, as a session musician. His son, R. Steve Moore, pioneered lo-fi music. Taken from the term "low fidelity," lo-fi
music is recorded in which the sound quality is lower than usual. R. Steve Moore created a tribute website to his father, which has an incredible list
and history of Bob Moore's career. Especially the list of artists he had worked with: Elvis, Orbison, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and other great information.
Click here. And another interesting history/website of Bob Moore is found
Bob Moore's Mexico from Collectables' is a fascinating set of Spanish-styled music. I'm guessing these Spanish-styled songs (tracks 1 to 12)
were from Moore's original album from 1961 (??) The remaining is more great music, in the Easy Listening 1960s instrumental band style. Great spanish
music, and great music to relax by, towards its end. Bob Moore may not have been a well-known name in music, but his report card of his works with many
popular artists is incredible. Check out the two websites listed in this review, and discover yet another band leader and musician that will easily
spark interest for those who enjoy this kind of music.
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