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Tappahannock in Essex County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

William Moore Tidewater Musician

 
 
William Moore Tidewater Musician Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, April 18, 2008
1. William Moore Tidewater Musician Marker
Inscription. William “Bill” Moore was born in Georgia in 1893. Nearby stood his home and barbershop. Paramount recorded Moore in Chicago in 1928 and released eight songs, some of the earliest by an African American folk performer from Virginia. They are still valued and performed by musicians. “Old Country Rock,” a dance tune refers to the Rappahannock River and the town of Tappahannock, while “Barbershop Rag” testifies to his fine ragtime guitar style and his profession. Moore also performed blues for his customers and dance audiences as well as popular songs such as “Ragtime Millionaire.” He died in Fauquier County in 1951 and is buried in the Warrenton Cemetery.
 
Erected 2005 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number N-37.)
 
Location. 37° 55.808′ N, 76° 51.738′ W. Marker is in Tappahannock, Virginia, in Essex County. Marker is on US 17 just south of Parker Place, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tappahannock VA 22560, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ritchie's Birthplace (approx. 0.2 miles away); Essex County Confederate Monument
William Moore Tidewater Musician Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 26, 2014
2. William Moore Tidewater Musician Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); British Raid on Tappahannock / The War of 1812 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Tappahannock (approx. 0.2 miles away); Enduring Records (approx. 0.3 miles away); Toppahanock Indian Village (approx. 0.9 miles away); Hutchinson Tract (approx. 1.4 miles away); Pollinators (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tappahannock.
 
Also see . . .  The Barber Bluesman of the Rappahannock. On this page you can see photographs of Bill Moore and listen to the three tunes, and others, mentioned on this marker. Excerpt: “With a solid repertoire of ragtime dance tunes, Moore was no doubt popular in the Tidewater towns and countryside near his home, playing fish fries, dances, schools, and house parties. His ‘Barbershop Rag’ testifies to both his fine playing and his profession. Audiences would have also appreciated his harder blues, like ‘Midnight Blues.’ There were minstrel numbers, like ‘Tillie Lee’ and novelty songs like ‘Ragtime Millionaire,’ which was derived from two 1900 songs by black composer and entertainer
Marker is directly across from the Essex Public Library image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, April 18, 2008
3. Marker is directly across from the Essex Public Library
Irving Jones. Contemporaries recalled his ability on guitar less than his skill at playing fiddle and piano. But songs like ‘Old Country Rock’ demonstrate Moore to be a superb guitarist.” (Submitted on July 27, 2014.) 
 
Additional keywords. East Coast Blues
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAfrican AmericansArts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentIndustry & CommerceNotable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 27, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,225 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 27, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on July 27, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on April 27, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
 
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