After two years, he returned to his native Nashville. Bob Moore was a child of 12 when he first met Owen Bradley. At that time, Owen was playing trombone in WSM's staff band. In 1950 Owen Bradley hired Bob Moore to perform on a direct-to-disk transcription which was uploaded via cable from the stage of the Ryman Theatre. Soon thereafter, Owen Bradley became the head of Nashville's division of Decca records.
Bob Moore's blossoming musical talent coincided perfectly with Owen Bradley's transition to businessman and thus, Bob's session musician career was born. Bob Moore went on to perform on more than seventeen thousand recordings sessions or the equivalent of about 50,000 songs. In 1958 he played on his first of many Elvis Presley sessions. The following year he teamed up with Fred Foster to establish Monument Records where he would become part of the musical success of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, Roy Orbison. In 1960, he formed the Bob Moore Orchestra and recorded an album which included the song "Mexico" that as a 45rpm single went to No. 7 on the Billboard pop music charts. In his long career, Moore has worked in a variety of music scenes, including a performance at the Newport Jazz Festival and recording with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra.
While he has strong roots in country music, and in 1994 Life magazine named him the number one "Country Bassist" of all time, as a sessions player his volume and diversity of work is unrivaled, having performed with artists such as Bob Dylan, Marty Robbins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sammy Davis, Jr., Julie Andrews, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Connie Francis, Wayne Newton, Quincy Jones, Burl Ives, and for the French singer, Johnny Halliday. His son is outsider rock singer/songwriter R. Stevie Moore. His daughter, Linda Faye Moore, was Miss Tennessee and a Top 10 finisher in theMiss America pageant; she was a member of the 1980's country-pop female band Calamity Jane, which had minor hits with 1981's "Send Me Somebody To Love" and a 1982 cover of the Beatles' "I've Just Seen A Face." His two other sons, Gary and Harry, are not involved in the music business.
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