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Published on Mar 14, 2009
Daniel Moore was born in 1941 in Walla Walla, WA, (one of the closest hospitals), and raised with six brothers in Athena, OR (18 miles north of Pendleton, in Eastern Oregon, where there are more cows than people). The son of a preacher man, Daniel went to college in Eugene, OR, then moved to L.A. to do music (1962). Within two weeks he had a record deal (wrote his first song for it), beginning a career that has lasted 40+ years. In the early 60's, he played acoustic bass and sang backup with Jimmy Rogers, another northwesterner. In 1965 he began producing records, one of the first independent producers in the business. In 1967 The Everly Brothers recorded Daniel's song, "Deliver Me." In 1970 he joined Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen group and went on tour, then did an album for ABC Records as an artist, produced several records and began writing in earnest. In 1973 his composition, "Shambala," became a million + seller hit for Three Dog Night. Later that year he had another hit single, "My Maria," co-written and performed by B.W. Stevenson. Joe Cocker recorded several of Daniel's songs in 1975 and 1976 for A & M Records ("Put Out the Light," "If I Love You, " "Jack-A_Diamonds," "I Can't Say No"). Bonnie Raitt recorded the title cut, Daniel's "Sweet Forgiveness," on Warner Bros. in 1976. In 1979 Daniel produced Kim Carnes' 1st album for EMI America Records; then in 1981 he went on tour with her as a background singer. In 1996 Brooks and Dunn recorded "My Maria" and had a smash hit with it. Daniel co-wrote the song "Fire in the Hole" with Marty Grebb; it was released in the Steven Seagal movie "Fire Down below" (1997) and on the soundtrack CD. The Band then recorded the same song in 1998.