Gary Moore was born on April 4, 1952 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He began his career in the second half of the 1960s. Inspired by the work of contemporary rock blues guitarists, such as Jimi Hendrix and John Mayall.
He became popular as the guitarist of the Irish group Skid Row. It was then that he was noticed by his idol Peter Green from Fleetwood Mac. Peter helped the group sign a contract with a large record label and gave Gary one of his favorite 1959 Gibson Les Paul guitars. After years, Moore played the whole album with compositions of his idol “Blues for Greeny” on this guitar.
The 70s were a very busy time for Moore. He began his solo career by releasing the album “Grinding Stone” in 1973. He also participated in many side projects. He was active mainly in Thin Lizzy and the pro-rock project Coloseum II.
At the end of the decade and throughout the 1980s, he took his solo career seriously, releasing 7 albums during this period and leaving behind such classics as “Parisienne Walkway’s”, “After The War” and “Over the Hills and Far Away”.
In the 1980s, his style departed a bit from blues in favor of hard rock and soft metal, but in 1990 he recalled himself as a blues guitarist by releasing his most famous album “Still Got The Blues”. Albert Collins, Albert King, George Harrison have appeared on this release.
Sad to see these two guys are no longer with us, but Phil and Gary they pretty well rocked hard and played hard with their music over the years.