Johnny Moore (musician)

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Johnny Moore (December 14, 1934 – December 30, 1998)[1] was an American rhythm and blues singer with The Drifters.

Born John Alfred Moore in Selma, Alabama, United States,[1] 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. The group was due to record "Under the Boardwalk", 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 1999, establishing him as the group's longest-serving member. 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'.

In 1988, Moore was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Moore died of respiratory failure in 1998,[1] and was survived by his wife Jennifer Moore, and their three children. Christian Moore, David Moore, and John Moore Jr who reside in London, England.

Moore was given a posthumous Pioneer Award in 1999 by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.


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