Gary Moore died yesterday,6 February 2011 while on holiday in Estepona, Spain. The 58-year-old was found dead in his room at the Kempinski Hotel on the Costa del Sol.His death was confirmed by his former manager Adam Parsons.
Born on April 4 1952 was a musician from Belfast, Northern Ireland, best recognized as a blues rock guitarist and singer.
Moore grew up on Castleview Road opposite Stormont’s Parliment Buildings, off the Upper Newtownards Road in east Belfast and started performing at a young age, having picked up a battered acoustic guitar at the age of eight. Moore got his first good-quality guitar at the age of 14, learning to play the right-handed instrument in the standard way despite being left-handed. He moved to Dublin in 1968 at the age of 16. Moore’s early musical influences were artists such as Albert King, Elvis Presley and The Beatles. Later, having seen Jimi Hendrix and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers in his home town of Belfast, his own style was developing into a blues-rock sound that would be the dominant form of his career.
Moore’s greatest influence in the early days came from guitarist Peter Green, of Fleetwood Mac fame, who was a mentor to Moore when performing in Dublin. Green’s continued influence on Moore was later repaid as a tribute to Green on his 1995 album Blues for Greeny, an album consisting entirely of Green compositions. On this tribute album Moore played Green’s 1959 Les Paul Standard guitar which Green had lent to Moore after leaving Fleetwood Mac. Moore ultimately purchased the guitar, at Green’s request, so that “it would have a good home”.
While less popular in the US, Moore’s work “brought substantial acclaim and commercial success in most other parts of the world — especially in Europe”.Moore throughout his career was recognised as an influence by many notable guitarists including Vivian Campbell, Patrick Rondat,Jake E. Lee,John Norum, Joe Bonamassa, Adrian Smith, Zakk Wylde,Randy Rhoads, John Sykes and Kirk Hammett.
Moore collaborated with a broad range of artists including George Harrison, Trilok Gurtu, Dr. Strangely Strange, Colosseum II, Albert Collins, Jimmy Nail, Mo Foster, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, Jim Capaldi, Vicki Brown, Cozy Powell, the Beach Boys, Ozzy Osbourne and Andrew Lloyd Webber on the composer’s Variations album in 1977. He experimented with many musical genres, including rock, jazz, blues, country, electric blues, hard rock and heavy metal.
In a career dating back to the 1960s, Moore played with artists including Phil Lynott and Brian Downey as early as his secondary school days, leading him to membership with the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy on three separate occasions. Moore shared the stage with such blues and rock luminaries as B.B. King, Albert King, Colosseum II and Greg Lake.
After a series of rock records, Moore returned to blues music with Still Got the Blues, with contributions from Albert King, Albert Collins and George Harrison.
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