The cover for The Esquires' "Get On Up and Get Away" LP.
The cover for The Esquires' "Get On Up and Get Away" LP.

Esquires' Alvis Moorer passes away

Word has arrived of the passing of The Esquires' Alvis Moorer.

Moorer, who was a member of the seminal Milwaukee soul group, which scored big in 1967 with "Get On Up," was in the group with his sister Betty and brothers Gilbert, who died in 2008, and Perry, who passed away in 1996.

Alvis Moorer died on Aug. 21. A funeral was held this morning at Christian Faith Fellowship Church, 8633 W. Good Hope Rd.

The group formed at North Division High School in the late 1950s, but it wasn't until The Esquires relocated to Chicago in the mid-'60s that they found success, scoring with their Bunky Records' debut, "Get On Up," which peaked at No., 11 on the singles chart.

A few more minor hits followed and the group charted again in 1976 with a remake of its first hit, re-titled, "Get On Up '76."

There is an overview of the history of The Esquires – which also included Sam Pace, Harvey Scales, Shawn Taylor and others during its life-span – here.

 

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