Gatemouth Moore

Ricky Stevens
Wed May 19 15:18:59 EDT 2004

> From the AP wire. Bad news.....
> Blues icon Gatemouth¹ Moore dead at 90
> YAZOO CITY, Miss. (AP) < Blues artist Arnold ³Gatemouth² Moore, who gave
> the blues and turned to preaching, died Wednesday at Kings Daughters
> Hospital in Yazoo City after a long illness, He was 90.
> Funeral arrangements were incomplete.
> At the time of his death, Moore was pastor of the Lintonia A.M.E. Church
> Yazoo City.
> He was born Arnold Dwight Moore on Nov. 8, 1913, in Topeka, Kan. He
> he earned the nickname ³Gatemouth² because of his loud singing and
> voice. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis in
> 1938.
> At the age of 16, Moore went to Kansas City, where he sang with the bands
> Bennie Moten, Tommy Douglas and Walter Barnes. Moore was one of the few
> survivors of the infamous ³Natchez Rhythm Club Fire² in 1940 in which over
> 150 died. Other member of his band died in the fire.
> In 1941 he returned to Kansas City where he recorded his first record and
> wrote such songs as ³Somebody¹s Got To Go,² ³I Ain¹t Mad at You Pretty
> and ³Did You Ever Love A Woman?², which was recorded by B.B. King and
> Thomas.
> He was the first blues singer to sing at Carnegie Hall and the first blues
> singer to sing at what was then the segregated Peabody Hotel¹s Roof
> While performing in Chicago in 1949, he turned to gospel music and was
> ordained was at the First Church of Deliverance in Chicago with the Rev.
> Clarence Cobbs as pastor.
> Moore served his first church in Chicago and joined WDIA radio station
> he was the station¹s first religious disc jockey. He also worked for a
> religious station in Birmingham, Ala., returning to Chicago in 1957 for
> gospel programs on television and radio.
> He recorded gospel and blues albums into the 1970s. He recorded his last
> record in 1977 under as ³Great R&B Oldies² on Johnny Otis¹ Blues Spectrum
> label. This was a blues release as Gatemouth recut some classics and cut
> some new ones including a salute to his old stomping grounds on ³Beale
> Street Ain¹t Beale Street No More.²
> He was also featured in Martin Scorsese¹s blues series singing that song
> he strolled down the famous street.
> In recent years, Moore occasionally played festivals and kept busy with
> duties as church pastor.
> In 2004, the Mississippi Legislature adopted a resolution commending
> career.
> A list of survivors was not immediately available.

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