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Gatemouth Moore

Blues shouter and later gospel preacher, Gatemouth Moore got his begin in Kansas Town while still an adolescent, performing for the rings of Bennie Moten and Walter Barnes. Graced having a soft but powerful tone of voice much like Charles Dark brown, Moore spent the 1940s penning and documenting songs, especially “PERHAPS YOU HAVE Ever Loved a female,” which would later on be included in B.B. Ruler and the earlier mentioned Charles Dark brown. Others would revisit Moore’s tracks, as well, with Rufus Thomas covering Gatemouth’s “Somebody’s Surely got to Proceed” and Jimmy Witherspoon used “Xmas Blues.” In 1949 Moore quit secular performing for the gospel path. He still sang and documented — but nearly exclusively gospel materials — and spent a lot of the ensuing years employed in churches and advertising gospel music through radio applications that he hosted. In 2003, Moore made an appearance in movie director Richard Pearce’s film Street to Memphis performing a latter-day music he wrote entitled “Beale Road Ain’t Beale Road FORGET ABOUT.” The next year, the vocalist dubbed Gatemouth due to his massive tone of voice passed on from organic causes at age 90.

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