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Bobby Moore played the saxophone and was a vocalist and leader of Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces.

Bobby Moore had top-40 hits and played for 45 years in the Capital City, but his son said his legacy can be measured as much in musicians as in music. "He was a friend to all musicians," Bobby Moore Jr. said Monday. "Over the years there must have been more than 75 or 80 come through his band, and he helped so many of them. He'd help them start their own bands, help them get instruments, and buy them groceries and help pay their rent when they were sick. There will never be another band leader like my daddy."

Moore, who died Feb. 1 of kidney failure at the age of 75, was a sax player, a vocalist and the leader of Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces. He had the Billboard top-40 pop hit "Searching For My Love" in 1966. The single also reached No. 7 on the Billboard R&B charts, and was followed by the hit "Try My Love Again."

Moore, who was born in New Orleans, was stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., when he organized the group in 1952. He moved to Montgomery in 1961, recording his hits for Chess Records at the famous Muscle Shoals Sound Studios.

"Over the years I think he really evolved from being a popular black artist into a musical icon for everyone in this area," said music promoter Steve Myers, who remembers being a teenager and seeing Moore perform. "When I saw him perform two years ago ... I couldn't believe the energy and the edge he still had."

It is a death that sax player Sam Williams said leaves a huge void in the city's music scene. "He was an icon and star in this city that others looked to for inspiration and motivation," Williams said.

When Bobby Moore Jr. was 18, he started playing in his father's group and has continued performing in it for 40 years. Monday he vowed to keep the band going, and keep it as his father did. "My father didn't just play R&B," he said. "He played jazz, rock, country, and I plan to carry on that legacy." He said his father also insisted on giving a lot of free performances -- for churches, civic organizations and "especially schools."One of his recent performances was opening for country supergroup Alabama at the first concert at Riverwalk Stadium, a benefit for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Services for Moore will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lilly Baptist Church  820 Hill St.

By Darryn Simmons
Montgomery Advertiser