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Wild Bill Moore

Born: June 13, 1918 | Died: August 8, 1983    Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Wild Bill Moore

In the summer of 1948, Texas tenor saxophonist Wild Bill Moore scored a hit on the R&B charts with a kicking number called “We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll,” one of the first tunes whose title combined two words--”Rock” and “Roll”--that would define popular music for the rest of the 20th century, and beyond.

Detroit's Wild Bill Moore, played alto sax early in life but his main interest was boxing. He was Michigan's amateur Golden Gloves light heavyweight champ for 1937, later turned pro, went back to sax and by 1945 was recording on tenor sax with the Slim Gaillard Orchestra, on the Queen label....
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