'Gatemouth' Moore (November 8, 1913, Topeka, Kansas - May 19, 2004,
Yazoo City, Mississippi) was an American blues and gospel singer, songwriter
and pastor. A graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, he
claimed to have earned his nickname as a result of his loud speaking and
During his career as a recording artist, Moore worked with various jazz
musicians, including Bennie Moten, Tommy Douglas and Walter Barnes, and had
songs recorded by B.B. King and
In 1949, Moore was ordained as a minister First Church of Deliverance in
Chicago and went on to preach and perform as a gospel singer and DJ at
several radio stations in Memphis, Birmingham and Chicago.
Moore holds distinctions as a survivor of the 1940 Natchez Rhythm Club Fire
and as the first blues singer to perform at Carnegie Hall. A brass note on
Beale Street Walk of Fame was dedicated to Moore in 1996. He was also
featured in Martin Scorsese's 2003 documentary The Blues.