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John "Deacon" Moore

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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Musician and Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
It Ain't Easy In The Big Easy.

Birthplace

Born:
6/23/1941
Birth Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Musician and Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
It Ain't Easy In The Big Easy.

Birthplace

Born:
6/23/1941
Birth Location:
New Orleans
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Biography

Rhythm and blues musician John Moore, commonly known as Deacon John, was born on June 23, 1941 to Frank P. Moore, a bricklayer, and Augustine Boudreaux, a homemaker and musician, in the 8th Ward of New Orleans, La. One of thirteen children, Moore was raised in a musical family. He received vocal training in his church choir; he sang in his first R&B band in middle school. Moore bought his first guitar at a pawnshop on Canal Street, and learned how to play it from the instruction books and records he purchased. Moore played in high school with various pickup bands as a singer and guitarist.

After playing for several years, Moore joined a musical group called the Ivories with Roger Lewis of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. It was there that he picked up the nickname "Deacon," a term that drummer Al Miller tagged him with from a line in the song "Good Rockin' Tonight" by Roy Brown: "Deacon John and Elder Brown, two of the slickest cats in town ...” In 1960, Moore re-established the musical group the Ivories under the name Deacon John & the Ivories. Eventually they became the house band at the legendary Dew Drop Inn, backing up famous musicians like Bobby Blue Bland, Little Junior Parker, Arthur Prysock and Big Joe Turner. At the Dew Drop, Allen Toussaint discovered Moore and led him to the recording studio, where Moore began playing the guitar on R&B hits like Irma Thomas' "Ruler of My Heart," Aaron Neville's "Tell It Like It Is," Robert Parker's "Barefootin'," Ernie K-Doe's "Mother-in-Law," Chris Kenner's "Land of 1,000 Dances," and Lee Dorsey's "Working in the Coal Mine." In 1970, Moore performed at the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and has performed at each annual festival since.

In 2000, Moore was inducted into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame, and in 2003 he starred in Deacon John's Jump Blues, a CD and DVD tribute to New Orleans R&B, for which he earned the 2003 Offbeat music magazine award for Album of the Year. Gambit magazine awarded him three awards that year as well. In 2005, Moore performed at the Congressional Ball at the White House and in 2006, he starred in the critically acclaimed documentary, Going Back to New Orleans: The Deacon John Film. On July 25, 2006, Moore became the first African American president of New Orleans Musicians Union Local 174-496 of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM). Just one year later, Moore closed the inauguration of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, performing “God Bless America” accompanied by the 156th Army Band and a Navy fly-over of jets. Later that year, Moore was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

John Moore was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 11, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - John "Deacon" Moore lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - John "Deacon" Moore describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - John "Deacon" Moore describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - John "Deacon" Moore describes his father's family background, pt. 3
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - John "Deacon" Moore describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - John "Deacon" Moore describes his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - John "Deacon" Moore remembers his upbringing in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - John "Deacon" Moore talks about his Creole family's complexions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - John "Deacon" Moore lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - John "Deacon" Moore describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - John "Deacon" Moore remembers his neighborhoods in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - John "Deacon" Moore describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - John "Deacon" Moore remembers the choir at Corpus Christi Elementary School in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - John "Deacon" Moore recalls his mother's encouragement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - John "Deacon" Moore remembers St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - John "Deacon" Moore recalls his early exposure to secular music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - John "Deacon" Moore remembers teaching himself to play guitar, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - John "Deacon" Moore remembers teaching himself to play guitar, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - John "Deacon" Moore recalls his musical activities at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - John "Deacon" Moore remembers the discipline at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - John "Deacon" Moore describes his coursework at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - John "Deacon" Moore talks about the suppression of the Louisiana Creole language
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - John "Deacon" Moore remembers Louisiana State University in New Orleans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - John "Deacon" Moore recalls his arrest at an integrated party
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - John "Deacon" Moore recalls his coursework at Louisiana State University in New Orleans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - John "Deacon" Moore recalls his first marriage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - John "Deacon" Moore recalls joining the American Federation of Musicians
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - John "Deacon" Moore describes the history of the American Federation of Musicians in New Orleans, Louisiana, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - John "Deacon" Moore describes the history of the American Federation of Musicians in New Orleans, Louisiana, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - John "Deacon" Moore talks about the segregated pay scale for musicians
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - John "Deacon" Moore recalls a conflict within the American Federation of Musicians Local 174-496, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - John "Deacon" Moore recalls a conflict within the American Federation of Musicians Local 174-496, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - John "Deacon" Moore describes the origin of his stage name, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - John "Deacon" Moore describes the origin of his stage name, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - John "Deacon" Moore describes his band's musical genres
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - John "Deacon" Moore talks about his various jobs in the music industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - John "Deacon" Moore talks about his work as a recording studio musician
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - John "Deacon" Moore describes his appearances as a commercial actor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - John "Deacon" Moore remembers his film and television roles
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - John "Deacon" Moore talks about the slide guitar
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - John "Deacon" Moore plays a country blues medley
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - John "Deacon" Moore plays a Delta blues medley
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - John "Deacon" Moore describes his experiences as a backup musician
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - John "Deacon" Moore remembers Curtis Mayfield
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - John "Deacon" Moore recalls playing with Bo Diddley
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - John "Deacon" Moore talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - John "Deacon" Moore reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - John "Deacon" Moore remembers performing at the White House in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - John "Deacon" Moore talks about 'Deacon John's Jump Blues'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - John "Deacon" Moore remembers Hurricane Katrina
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - John "Deacon" Moore describes his board memberships
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - John "Deacon" Moore reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - John "Deacon" Moore reflects upon his experiences of discrimination in the music industry, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - John "Deacon" Moore reflects upon his experiences of discrimination in the music industry, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Robert "Deacon" Moore talks about the racial demographics of his bands
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Robert "Deacon" Moore describes the discrimination against black musicians
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Robert "Deacon" Moore remembers a conflict at Tipitina's nightclub in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Robert "Deacon" Moore shares his advice for aspiring musicians, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Robert "Deacon" Moore shares his advice for aspiring musicians, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Robert "Deacon" Moore narrates his photographs