Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces is a soul outfit formed in Montgomery, Alabama by tenor saxophonist Bobby Moore in 1961 with his son, Larry Moore (alto sax), Chico Jenkins (vocals), Marion Sledge (guitar), Clifford Laws (keyboards), Joe Frank (bass), and John Baldwin (drums).
In late 1965, the group made the short trip from Montgomery to Muscle Shoals, where they recorded a song written by Moore, "Searching For My Love." Leonard and Marshall Chess, the co-founders of Chess Records, heard the master and bought the rights to release it on their Checker offshoot label. The single reached #27 on the Hot 100 chart and sold over one million copies.
A second single, "Try My Love Again", peaked at #97, but they never reached the Hot 100 again.
Bobby Moore died of kidney failure aged 75, in 2006, and Larry Moore became the group's leader.
"Searching For My Love" finds Chico Jenkins yearning for his former lover. He apologizes for treating her badly and beseeches the girl to give him one more try.
The song became a favorite with British lovers of soul and rhythm & blues, including a young Robert Plant. When the future Led Zeppelin singer was starting out, he sang with a variety of bands, and one song he performed was "Searching For My Love."
In 2021, Plant seized the chance to record this soul nugget for Raise The Roof, his second album with Alison Krauss.
For Plant, laying down this song that he's sung since his teenage years brings nostalgic memories. "It goes back to the Lambretta, the mod cavalcade to Margate, the Whiskey A Go Go in Birmingham, the Twisted Wheel in Manchester," he remembered to UK newspaper The Sun.
"I would guess it goes back to Twine Time by Alvin Cash and The Crawlers and all that stuff and it goes back to me and my little group opening the show for Lee Dorsey."
The Matt Mahurin-directed video
for the Robert Plant and Alison Krauss version stars Julia Lucey and Rolan Meyer as travelers on a mystical journey. It was Plant and Krauss' first official music video in nearly 14 years.