At the offices of The Montgomery Advertiser newspaper in Alabama, the name Charles Moore would not be immediately mistaken for any one of a confounding array of recording musicians, including two jazz trumpeters from Detroit, a rapper with a filthy mouth, a gospel and bluegrass songwriter with a clean one, and a New Orleans session man. Down in Montgomery, the name Charles Moore will forever be associated with a newspaper photographer; because of certain events there, his photos continue to be displayed internationally and furthermore have been the subject of an entire book.
Moore had the so-called "city beat" for the Montgomery daily from 1958 through 1960, and thus would have only been able to avoid the civil rights movement if he had been shackled inside a tomb. His photographs are a wonderful chronicle of the period, including portraits of many key figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and Dick Gregory. Moore went on to cover key events in the period for Life magazine. Powerful Days: The Civil Rights Photography of Charles Moore was first published in hardcover in 1991. In the mundane world of recording credits, Moore's accomplishments seem more linked with the civil rights of recording companies to release tributes to Tony Bennett and update them with the passing of each new decade.