Dudley Stuart John Moore, 19 April 1935, Dagenham, Essex, England, d. 27 March 2002, Plainfield, New Jersey, USA. Although severely hampered by having a deformed foot and spending a great deal of his childhood in hospital, Moore was not deterred and became passionately interested in music from an early age. He played piano in a local youth club and organ at his church, wearing an old brown boot strapped over his normal shoe to give his bad foot extra length to touch the pedals easily. As a young teenager Moore played semi-professionally in various jazz clubs. He studied music at Oxfords Magdalen College, graduating in the late 50s and thereafter playing with Vic Lewis. Early in the following decade he worked with Johnny Dankworth before forming his own trio with Pete McGurk (bass) and Chris Karan (drums), and recording several sessions for Decca Records. For a while he successfully performed jazz while concurrently appearing in the groundbreaking comedy revue...
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