Moody Scott was born January 28, 1944 in Hammond, Louisiana, 50 miles southeast of New Orleans. Moody began his singing career at an early age. Like many of the youth of his era, he grew up listening to R&B, Soul and Blues artists such as Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Al Green, Little Milton, Tyrone Davis, Bobby "Blue" Bland and B.B. King. Like Sam Cooke and Al Green, Moody's first musical interest was church music, and at age 12 he became lead vocalist for the Gospel group The Starlights.
After several successful years with the Starlights, Moody embarked on a solo career singing R&B, Soul and Blues. In 1964, under the name Moody & The Deltas, he scored a hit on Red Bird Records with "Everybody Come Clap Your Hands" b/w "Monkey Climb" (Daisy 504). Red Bird Records was the brain-child of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame iductees Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller (Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Searching, Stand By Me). The record label spawned talented girl groups such as the Dixie Cups and the Shangri-Las. All the 45s on Red Bird have been reissued on a complilation disk, with one critic saying is was "packed with "should've been" hits of Leiber & Stoller. He also had very high praise of Moody's contribution.
"The song that truly set the table for the Leiber & Stoller's subsequent success at Red Bird is MOODY AND THE DELTAS's "EVERYBODY COME CLAP YOUR HANDS." Written by Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich and produced by Joe Jones in 1964, this upbeat tune shakes off the R&B and doo-wop intonations of the '50s and stakes out a freer '60s soul sound. The dance beat brings to mind Wilson Pickett's and Bobby Freeman's soul songs from the mid-60s. The flip, "MONKEY CLIMB," is indicative of the groups New Orleans roots - roots that would pay off handsomely with The Dixie Cups." (source: megamusicreviews.com)
Red Bird only recorded a handful of songs and Moody moved on. In the late 60s he hooked up with Sound Stage 7 / Monument Records in Nashville. The studio result was some excellent funk-driven material. Of note is the self-penned "We Gotta Bust Outta the Ghetto" and "I Don't Dig No Phony." He also recorded sides for Soul Unlimited and Seventy Seven Records.
In addition to recording, Moody has had a successful broadcast career at KAJN FM Crowley, Louisiana; WFPR FM Hammond, Louisiana and KLAV in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Moody has shared the stage with Aaron Neville, Alvin Shine Roberson, Earl "Trick Bag" King, Katie Webster, Buckwheat Zydeco, Manhattans, Ohio Playes, Phil Phillips, Dixie Cups, Joe Jones and Little Milton just to name a few. Besides playing clubs all across the Southeast, he's played both the East and West Coasts. These include the Count Basie Lounge, Jazz Palladium, and Birdland in the east. And on the West Coast - Simply Blues in Hollywood, Club Latitude, Redondo Beach and Long Beach Amphitheater. Upon moving to Las Vegas in 1988, Scott has continued to play numerous clubs, hotels, casinos and outdoor festivals.
After 35 years in the music business Moody has not slowed down one bit. In July and August of this year (2004) he will begin an extensive tour of the Southeastern United States, with concerts and cub appearances in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina.
Before hitting the road, Moody will be in Las Vegas to celebrate his "35 Years in Show Business". This event will take place on Sunday, June 13, 2004 at Moose's Beach House. There will be hours of live entetainment and guests to honor the Louisiana Legend. Not to mention great cajun food prepared by the honoree himself who also had a career as a cook. For more information and tickets call 702-438-7332.
Moody will make a special guest appearance May 22nd at the Creole Heritage Festival in Sunset Park. He will also appear at the Cannery's BBQ and Blues Festival June 18-19. This will be followed by performing at his Greenville Park High School Reunion on June 21st at the Frontier Hotel and Casino.
Moody Scott's new cd, Simply Moody: Bustin' Outta The Ghetto is scheduled for relelease on Creole Downhome Records, a Las Vegas based record label. It will be in stores June 25th. There is also a website in the works - www.SimplyMoody.com
Vocals - Moody Scott
Lead Guitar/Rhythm - Marcello "Tatoo" Suarez
Bass - Elmer Rice, Julius Funches
Keyboards - Dennis Coles Horns - Allen Deville, Rocky Peoples, Mr. Jiggs
Article copyright © 2004-2005 by R.J. Bianchino & Moondog Productions