R. Stevie Moore

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


18 January 1952, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The son of leading session bass player, Bob Moore, the young R. Stevie Moore was recording with Jim Reeves (‘But You Love Me, Daddy’) at the age of seven, and session work for Perry Como and the Manhattans followed. He grew up to have very different ambitions to his father, however. Absorbed in home-taping techniques, Moore waited many years before unleashing his songwriting and multi-instrumental talents upon an unsuspecting world. The limited edition Phonography (1976) collected his early 70s recordings, and was followed by a handful of albums and a deluge of self-released cassettes (several hundred to date) flowing from his New Jersey home to eager members of the R. Stevie Moore Cassette Club. He made a rare trip to a proper studio for 1986’s Glad Music.

The most consistent feature of his material is its very unpredictability: a quirky, melodic writer, Moore covers a variety of...

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