The Esquires - "Get on Up...And Get Away"
The Original Esquires
 
It was in 1957 that The Esquires musical group was formed.  Gilbert Moorer, his brother Alvis, and his sister Betty were high school students in Milwaukee, Wisconsin when they formed the group.  Theirs was truly a family act.  The group's back up musicians were brothers Perry Moorer on the saxophone and Charles Moorer who played trumpet.  Their talent came naturally.  Their father sang in a gospel group called the Friendly Five and their mother played piano.
 
The Esquires generated energy and excitement everywhere they performed and they quickly became one of the hottest vocal groups to hit the music scene.
In 1967 The Esquires debut single, "Get On Up," was a huge success, soaring to #3 on Billboard's R&B charts and #11 as a pop single, taking the group from a local to a national act.  The record sold an instant million copies, earning it a Gold record. 
The Esquires became one of the most sought after groups of the 60's, appearing in such places as the Uptown in Philadelphia, the Regal in Chicago, the Howard in Washington, the Royal in Baltimore, and the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem.
After several record labels and a long list of hits on the R & B charts (including "And Get Away," "You Say," "Why Can't I Stop," "You've Got the Power," "I Don't Know," and "Girls In the City") in 1976 the Esquires released a re-cut of their biggest hit as "Get On Up '76."
 
During the ensuing years the Esquires continued their live performances in various venues both locally and nationally and released some additional recordings... "Fish," "My Lady," "The Show Ain't Over," and " What Good is Music."
 
In 1992 the group's two biggest hits, "Get On Up" and "And Get Away," appeared on Capricorn Records' The Scepter Records Story.  In 1998, England's Westside label released the CD "Get On Up and Get Away," a comprehensive collection that included most of their singles from the various labels with highlights from the album of the same name. 
 
After lead singer/songwriter Gilbert Moorer's death in 2008, the Esquires were re-organized by Sam Pace (1944-2013), one of the original group members. Under the guidance of his uncles Alvis Moorer, Sr. (1940-2011) and Sam Pace, and musical director and uncle Rudy Jacob, Gilbert's son Johnny Moorer has played an influential role in the direction the group is taking as they re-launch the Esquires. Joining with Johnny are the daughters of Alvis Moorer, Sr., Alexis "Moorer" Rogers, and Linda "Moorer" Durham, making this a masterful music performance act.
 
The Moorer family is once again generating the energy and excitement of the Original Esquires.