Gary Moore 1952-2011 R.I.P.

Beloved Irish bluesman
and former Thin Lizzy member passes away on Feb. 6, reportedly from a heart
attack.

 

By Rev. Keith A. Gordon

 

[Ed. note: the below
obituary was adapted from BLURT contributor Gordon’s “Keith’s Blues Blog” at
the About.com Blues site. You can read Gordon’s complete entry and peruse his
blog right here.
]

 

British blues-rock guitarist Gary Moore passed away on
Sunday, February 6, at the age of 58 while on vacation in Spain. While it
is thought that Moore
died of a heart attack, Spanish authorities have ordered an autopsy to confirm
the cause of death.

 

Influenced by artists like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and
especially his mentor Peter Green, Moore
made a splash as a guitar hero at a very young age, at 16 forming the
blues-rock band Skid Row with a young singer by the name of Phil Lynott. While
Lynott would leave to form Thin Lizzy, Skid Row would record a pair of
critically-acclaimed albums, and after leaving Skid Row, Moore recorded an album with his Gary Moore
Band before temporarily joining Thin Lizzy. He also enjoyed another late-1970s
stint with Thin Lizzy that resulted in 1979’s Black Rose album. Moore also contributed to
Lynott’s 1980 solo album Solo In Soho.

 

Throughout his lengthy career, Moore’s solo work would veer from hard rock
to heavy metal, and back to the blues, which always remained his first love. As
a respected blues guitarist, Moore
lent his skills in the studio to recordings from B.B. King, Albert Collins,
Otis Taylor, and John Mayall. It is as a bluesman that Moore will be remembered, the talented
guitarist first returning to the form with 1990’s critically-acclaimed and
commercially successful Still Got The Blues. Moore’s last album was 2008’s Bad For You
Baby
.

 

[Photo via Wikimedia Commons; by Tibban99]

 

 

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