How did Bob Moore die? Nashville A-Team bassist who worked with Elvis dies at 88
Nashville A-Team bassist Bob Moore has passed away after a 60-year musical career. The longtime musician was 88-years-old. "He was the heartbeat behind classics including Patsy Cline’s 'Crazy,' Sammi Smith’s 'Help Me Make It Through the Night,' Kenny Rogers’s 'The Gambler,' and hundreds of other recordings that changed the course of country music," Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Kyle Young told Taste of Country. His cause of death has not been reported. However, his wife Kittra Moore's Facebook page indicates that the couple had both been sick in recent days and that he had been hospitalized before she brought him home.
"He played with Johnny Cash, Tom T. Hall, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and so many others, and he helped establish Monument Records, where he was a player, a producer, an arranger and a hit artist." Young added: "Bob Moore’s contributions to American music are incalculable." In the last few months, we have witnessed the demise of many great stars including, Carman Licciardello, Willie Garson, Matthew Mindler and Bobby Roundtree to name a few.
From the 1950s through the '70s, Moore was one of the leading musicians to utilize the bass guitar as a country music instrument and was the first-call bassist on Music Row’s A-Team of session musicians. Moore performed on over 17,000 documented recording sessions, backing popular acts such as Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison. Moore provided rhythmic support and ideas for an array of classic country hits, including Patsy Cline’s “I Fall to Pieces,” Brenda Lee’s “I’m Sorry,” Loretta Lynn’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Roger Miller’s “King of the Road,” Elvis Presley’s “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”.
He worked in a variety of music scenes, including a performance at the Newport Jazz Festival and recording with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra. In 2007, Moore and other members of the Nashville A-Team were inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. Moore is also survived by his sons, Robert Stevie, Gray, Harry, and daughter, Linda Faye.
His son Robert Stevie is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter who pioneered lo-fi/DIY music. Linda Faye was a Miss Tennessee, a top 10 finisher in the Miss America pageant, and a member of the 1980s country-pop female band Calamity Jane.