Blues singer Arnold "Gatemouth" Moore died Wednesday in Yazoo City, Miss., after a long illness. He was 90.

Blues singer Arnold "Gatemouth" Moore died Wednesday in Yazoo City, Miss., after a long illness. He was 90.

Born in Topeka, Kan., Moore grew up in Memphis. He worked with various Kansas City jazz bands, and fronted Bennie Moten's legendary group. He was active as a recording artist during the '40s, but turned to the church in 1949. He worked as a gospel DJ during the '50s.

Moore cut his last album in 1977 for Johnny Otis' Blues Spectrum label. He was seen last year in the PBS series "Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues": His performance of "Beale Street Ain't Beale Street No More" was an emotional highlight of director Dick Pearce's film "The Road to Memphis."