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Melba Moore

There were early signs that Melba Moore would become an entertainer. The most obvious motivation was her mother, Bonnie Davis, who was also a successful singer. Witnessing the success that her mother endured, Moore knew the entertainment industry would not escape her. The world of performing arts was formally introduced to her by way of dance lessons at the age of four. Moore's mother impressed upon her that "if you don't touch people's hearts, it doesn't mean anything." Her stepfather would also become an instrumental figure in the development of her early career.

All her siblings were musically inclined. Melba's interest was dance. However, her stepfather insisted that she learn the piano. Against her will, she conceded -- and to her benefit. She gained much admiration for the blues and jazz pianists. Upon graduating from college, she became a music teacher, which she found very fulfilling. Nonetheless, Moore's affinity for the entertainment industry persisted.

Her stepfather, also a musician, gave her invaluable advice and guidance. He sensed his stepdaughter's irresistible urge to be in the entertainment industry, so he began to show her the ropes. The results landed Moore jobs singing jingles and background vocals. She hit it big when she joined the cast of the Broadway musical Hair. One day while working in the studio, a barefoot gentleman asked her if she wanted to be in the play. Moore accepted and eventually won the lead role. It was the first time in history that a black actress replaced a white actress (Diane Keaton) for the lead role on Broadway. That followed with another Broadway hit, Purlie, which earned her a Tony Award and rave reviews.

That success was followed by appearances in film, television, and recording ventures. In 1975, she married Charles Huggins. The two formed Hush Productions and began seeking out R&B artists that they could manage and produce, the most famous being Freddie Jackson, whose presence at Hush Production was primarily due in part to Moore. In the same year "I Am His Lady" was released on Buddah (Billboard number 82, six weeks); it was Moore's first single to hit the charts. It would be seven years and 12 singles later before she would claim her first Top Ten single. In 1982 the New York City native cracked the Billboard R&B charts at number five with the dance/club track "Love's Comin' at Ya."

Moore's next ten releases spawned four Top 20 and two Top Ten singles: "Livin' for Your Love" and "Love the One I'm With" (duet with Kashif), respectively peaked at six and five. The single to follow the latter was "A Little Bit More" (a duet with Jackson). The year was 1986, and it was Moore's first number one song but not her last. Also released in the same year, "Falling" claimed the top spot on the charts. Thereafter, Moore released seven more singles. Two were Top 20 hits and three were Top Ten hits, including the black national anthem "Lift Every Voice and Sing" (Billboard number ten).

All the splendor that Moore relished would soon come to a halt. Her husband of 15 years abruptly divorced the songstress without any prior warning. In spite of the personal and professional hardships that resulted from this unforeseen misfortune, Moore was able to rebound. In 1996 she released Happy Together, her first album in six years. And in 1998 she began touring the country with her one-woman autobiographical musical Sweet Songs of the Soul. She is honorably one of the top singers the R&B world has ever known and this can be supported by her admirable chart activity, which dates back to 1975. In 2003 she was featured in the film The Fighting Temptations, and in 2009 she released an album of duets with R&B singer Phil Perry, The Gift of Love, on Shanachie Records. ~ Craig Lytle & Steve Leggett, Rovi
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Love this my party days...
prescott.she r r y
Love this one...#RIP Nana
First of all, its nice to your voice and music. Excellent work. I lile it
Love this Song!! Love House Music!!
Wow!!
I love this song!!!
Somehow together we will make it..lean on me
Grown folks music right here!!!!
dimplesdimpl e s s
Love love this song when she holds. Her breath on falling
My Girl Can Sang!
My favorite Melba song
I love this song...
Melba is VERY Underrated such fond Childhood Memories of her songs.
Love this track!,
Love this track,
She is one of the Greats right along with Aretha, Patti, Tina, Gladys and Diana....... T h e y are the top 6 Divas......L o v e these Ladies....Re a l Real!!!!!!!!
Same here
Absolutely one of my favorite songs by Melba.
nothing like the 80s
523469418
miss her singing, but love her bit parts in movies. Love her.
love all her songs
awesome music
Melba Moore Living For Your Love! Need I say Moore!!
hampton152
I really adored her beautiful voice. It is a voice that is one of a kind. I used to sing her songs and she was high on my list of singers of all times.
goldenruwl
I'm old school, I loved her when
love her alot one of my favorite singers everytime I hear her put me into my teenage years
edwards.lill i a n
she was the only one next to Ms Patti with a voice that could touch ur soul deeply and u could feel it when they sing.
OH IF WE HAD THIS IN THIS DAY N AGE WHO CLD TOUCH HER HER VOICE MAKES ME MELT W LOVE AND PEACE
no one can hold a note like MELBA
Moore Afterdark tracks can bring a Disco Diva back to life...After D a r k Miami. Hot!
omy.
mramirez3
Love this song........ .
acevedo0007
melba I love you!! can you married me??
kirob085
Melba, so where are you now and what are you doing? Please don't retire - you got more to give. Thank you.
I'm stuck in the 80's and Melba Moore makes me proud of it! We had so many cool artist taking advantage of the new slick techno sound of synthesizers and drum machines. It gave us clear sounding music right into 2000 to listen to.
triple threat: music, dancing and acting. watch out!
counsellorny c
She is truly a gifted and talented singer !!! I have many of her LP's and CD's and I can attest that while she has many fans, I've always felt she was truly underrated !!! I'm glad she's still doing what she loves and bringing happiness to her fans !!!
we have the same last name but she is an outstanding and fine singer
Melb a Moore is a great singer and I would love to hear more from her.
andreacornis h
Pandora, you killing me with all these amazing artists that I grew up listening to. Thanks again....... . . . . . .
Its really sad because alot of people do not know how amazing her voice is. Im still waiting to hear her song, "Not Goin' Let You Go". That song gives me chills everytime I hear it. NO ONE can sing like she can! When ever some tells me how 'good' some of these artists are now-a-days, i.e. beyonce, I ask them, have you ever heard of Melba Moore?
dnspointer
I wish that Melba would come back. I first saw her on broadway in Purlie, and my mother made me stop singing her song. She is a classic
love dearly

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