Billy Moore

William Moore Jr. (December 7, 1917, Parkersburg, West Virginia — February 28, 1989, Copenhagen) was an American jazz pianist and arranger.

Moore was chiefly known as an arranger for most of his jazz career, writing charts for Jimmie Lunceford, Charlie Barnet, Jan Savitt, and Tommy Dorsey in the 1940s. He also worked for publishing companies in New York City. In the 1950s, he relocated to France, where he accompanied and wrote for The Peters Sisters from 1953 to 1960. From 1960 to 1963, he worked as an arranger for Berliner Rundfunk and then accompanied the Delta Rhythm Boys on tour. He moved to Copenhagen in the 1970s, where he remained active as an arranger.

Moore and Leonard Feather were friends, and Feather sometimes used Moore's name for songwriting credits.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 17, 1917 (Parkersburg), Died February 28, 1989

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1952

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, arranger, composer, songwriter

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-062763 10-in. 3/20/1941 I wanna hear swing songs Fats Waller and his Rhythm Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance sextet songwriter  
Victor BS-066103 10-in. 6/11/1941 Spanish kick Bob Carroll ; Charlie Barnet Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo arranger  
Victor D7VB-0005 10-in. 1/2/1947 Stars fell on Alabama Billy Moore Orchestra ; Leslie Scott Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D7VB-0006 10-in. 1/2/1947 Baby, get lost Billy Moore Orchestra ; Leslie Scott Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Victor D7VB-0007 10-in. 1/2/1947 The man I love Billy Moore Orchestra ; Billy Moore ; Leslie Scott Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D7VB-0131 10-in. 2/10/1947 Until the real thing comes along Leslie Scott Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D7VB-0132 10-in. 2/10/1947 Gaslight Leslie Scott Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D7VB-0133 10-in. 2/10/1947 I hate myself every morning Leslie Scott Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D7VB-0169 10-in. 2/24/1947 You go to my head Leslie Scott Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D7VB-0170 10-in. 2/24/1947 It's a long story Billy Moore Orchestra ; Billy Moore ; Leslie Scott Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D7VB-0955 10-in. 6/10/1947 Fifty-fifty blues Louis Armstrong ; Louis Armstrong All-Stars ; Jack Teagarden Male vocal duet, with jazz/dance ensemble composer  
Decca 68083 10-in. 9/12/1940 In a shanty in old shanty town-2 Johnny Long Orchestra arranger  
Decca 68543 10-in. 1/3/1941 Green goon jive-3 Jan Savitt Orchestra arranger  
Decca 68544 10-in. 1/3/1941 My heart at Thy sweet voice (Bizet)-3 Jan Savitt Orchestra arranger  
Decca 68545 10-in. 1/3/1941 Meadowbrook shuffle-3 Jan Savitt Orchestra arranger  
Decca 68875 10-in. 3/26/1941 I had a proposition-1 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra arranger  
Decca 68877 10-in. 3/26/1941 Battle axe-1 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra arranger  
Columbia (U.K.) CL9112 10-in. 1/24/1952 Plus loin Billy Moore ; Peters Sisters Female vocal trio, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia (U.K.) CL9113 10-in. 1/24/1952 Et je t'aime Billy Moore ; Peters Sisters Female vocal trio, with instrumental ensemble leader  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Moore, Billy," accessed April 22, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/355896.

Moore, Billy. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 22, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/355896.

"Moore, Billy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 April 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/355896

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