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Melba Moore

bvoc, voc, *1945 US, New York City
Singer / Musician of R&B/Soul
A.k.a. Beatrice Melba Smith Melba Moorman

Soul - disco - gospel singer - actress - TV celebrity Born on 10 October 1945, in New York, U.S. She is the daughter of saxophonist Teddy Hill and singer Bonnie Davis. She took her last name from her stepfather, jazz pianist Clem Moorman whom her mother married after she broke up with Teddy Hill. She has released 21 studio albums (not counting live, special projects and musicals - soundtracks) between 1970 - 2009. In 1966 she released a northern soul gem at Musicor Records, "Don't Cry Sing Along With The Music" / "Does Love Believe In Me". She started her career on stage playing in the original cast of the musical "Hair" along with Ronnie Dyson, when she replaced Diane Keaton. In 1970 she won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Lutiebelle in "Purlie". In 1972 she co-starred in a TV show with Clifton Davis but it was cancelled after they broke up their relationship. She married to Charles Huggins in 1975 and together they founded Hush Productions which evolved into a whole genre-generating sound style in New York - the post disco Hush sound. Her first two studio albums at Mercury (1970 - 1971) were produced by Jim Fragale and in 1975 she was signed at Buddah Records for her next four albums (1975 - 1977, produced by Eugene McDaniels, Van McCoy and Charles Kipps, McFadden & Whitehead), then she moved to Epic for three albums (1978 - 1980, produced by McFadden & Whitehead, Bruce Hawes, Victor Carstarphen, Pete Belotte), one at EMI America (1981, produced by McFadden & Whitehead) and then her golden and more succesful commercially period at Capitol Records for six albums (1982 - 1990, produced by a variety of top producers of the period such as Kashif, Paul Laurence, Morrie Brown, Rahni Harris, Keith Diamond, Brian Morgan, Vaneese Thomas, Chad, Howard King, Wayne Warnecke, Ernie Poccia, David Townsend, David Conley, William A. Rhinehart, Sami McKinney, BeBe Winans, Dean Gant, Norman Connors). She made her comeback in 1999 with an album at Encore Music Group Inc and then she recorded albums for The label Shout Glory (2003), a gospel album for Believe Music Works / Lightyear (2004) and her collaboration album with Phil Perry (2) produced by Chris "Big Dog" Davis in 2009. She has never achieved stellar hits in the pop charts - the closest she has come to crossover mainstream success is with the disco classic Van McCoy-penned and produced "This Is It" (1976, No.91 U.S. Pop Charts, No.18 R'n'B U.S. Charts, No.2 Hot Dance U.S. charts and No.9 U.K. charts, a No.10 hit in the U.K. for Dannii Minogue when she covered it in 1993), the Bee Gees-penned and McFadden & Whitehead-produced "You Stepped Into My Life" (1978, No.47 U.S. Pop Chart, No.17 U.S. R'n'B Chart, No.5 U.S. Hot Dance Chart, a hit for Patti Boulaye as well in the UK when she covered it in 1979) and the post disco "Love's Comin' At Ya" (1982, No.104 U.S. Pop chart, No.5 U.S. R'n'B Chart, No.2 U.S. Hot Dance Chart and No.15 U.K. chart). She has achieved though a long string of hits in the R'n'B chart from 1975 up to 2011 with "Love Is" single. In 1976 she was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance for Van McCoy-penned and produced "Lean On Me" (No.17 in R'n'B Charts), a song that Vivian Reed had first performed in 1970 and covered "Mighty Clouds Of Joy" that B.J. Thomas originally performed in 1971. In 1977 she released her cover of Beatles' "The Long And Winding Road" (No.94 in R'n'B charts). In 1983 she contributed to the soundtrack of "Bad Boys" with the Rahni Harris-produced "Don't Go Away" and the next year she duetted with Lillo Thomas for "(Can't Take Half) All Of You" (No.28 R'n'B charts). In 1986 she covered the Fleetwood Mac standard "Dreams" and was nominated for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for "Read MyLips", both produced by Keith Diamond and in the same year she topped the r'n'b charts with her duet with Freddie Jackson, "A Little Bit More" repeating their duet success in 1987 with "I Can't Complain" (No.12 R'n'B chart). In 1988 she duetted with Kashif for "I'm In Love" (No.13 R'n'B chart). In 1989 she duetted with Burt Reynolds for "Let Me Be Surprised" for the soundtrack of "All Dogs Go To Heaven", in 1990 she contributed to the soundtrack of "Def By Temptation" with the Daniel Telefaro and Linda Vitali-produced "Face To Face" and in 2003 she collaborated with Beyoncé and Angie Stone for a vocal trio that performed the Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis-produced "Time To Come Home" for the needs of the soundtrack "The Fighting Temptations". In 2005 she released her deep house single "My Heart Belongs To You", written and produced by Ron Carroll and in 2009 she released "Been There, Done That" produced by Richard Bush and David Posner.

        
Instruments
  • Backing Vocals
  • Vocals
  • Saxophone
Genres
  • R&B/Soul
  • Dance
  • Electronic
  • Pop
  • Soundtrack
Popular Tracks   
This Is It on This Is It by Melba Moore
Love's Comin' At Ya - Remastered on Other Side Of The Rainbow by Melba Moore
Mind Up Tonight on A Little Bit Moore: The Magic Of Melba Moore by Melba Moore
A Little Bit More on Just Like The First Time by Freddie Jackson
Your Sweet Lovin' on What A Woman Needs by Melba Moore
King Of My Heart on Read My Lips by Melba Moore
Pick Me Up, I'll Dance - 12" Mix on Melba by Melba Moore
Standing Right Here on A Portrait of Melba by Melba Moore
Falling on A Little Bit Moore: The Magic Of Melba Moore by Melba Moore
You Stepped Into My Life - 7" Mix on Closer by Melba Moore

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Not Giving UpNewman Feat. Melba Moore2018Album
Magic Touch / It's TortureMelba Moore / Maxine Brown2018Single
Standing Right Here / Make Me Believe In YouMelba Moore2017Album
Standing Right Here (The Anthology: The Buddah & Epic Years)Melba Moore2016Compil.
Something On Your MindMelba Moore2016Single
Forever MooreMelba Moore2016Album
Book Of DreamsMelba Moore2016Album
The Essential Melba MooreMelba Moore2015Album
Been There, Done That Remixes EPMelba Moore2009Album
The Gift Of LoveMelba Moore & Phil Perry2009Album
Live In Concert (Special Guest Freddie Jackson From NYC)Melba Moore2007Album
Read My Lips / Never Say NeverMelba Moore2007Compil.
Live In ConcertMelba Moore2007Album
My Heart Belongs To YouMelba Moore2005Album
Nobody But Jesus...Melba Moore2004Album
I'm Still HereMelba Moore2003Album
The Magic Touch / Bricks, Broken Bottles And SticksMelba Moore / Dean Parrish2003Single
The Magic Touch / Never In A Million YearsMelba Moore / The Honey Bees2002Single
A Very Special Christmas GiftMelba Moore2001Album
Magic Touch / Not My GirlMelba Moore / The Platters1999Single
Still In LoveMelba Moore1999Album
Solitary JourneyMelba Moore1999Album
EverybodyMelba Moore1998Single
This Is It!Melba Moore1998Compil.
Happy TogetherLafayette Harris Jr. Trio featuring Melba Moore1996Album
The Magic Of Melba Moore (A Little Bit Moore)Melba Moore1996Compil.
This Is It - The Best Of Melba MooreMelba Moore1995Compil.
Solid / This Is It (Remix '91)Ashford & Simpson / Melba Moore1994Single
Sharing / This Is ItVitamin E / Melba Moore1994Compil.
Greatest HitsMelba Moore1994Compil.
This Is It / MelbaMelba Moore1992Compil.
Why Can't We Live Together / This Is It (Remix)Timmy Thomas / Melba Moore1991Single
Soul ExposedMelba Moore1990Album
Lift Every Voice And SingMelba Moore1990Single
More, More, More / This Is ItAndrea True Connection / Melba Moore1990Single
Do You Really Want My LoveMelba Moore1990Album
This Time Baby / Pick Me Up I'll DanceJackie Moore / Melba Moore1989Compil.
The Greatest FeelingMelba Moore1989Compil.
I'm In LoveMelba Moore1988Album
Love And KissesMelba Moore1988Single
I Can't ComplainMelba Moore1988Single
Love And KissesMelba Moore1988Single
I'm In LoveMelba Moore Duet With Kashif1988Single
Wishing You Were Here / Keeps Me Runnin' BackThe Gyrlz / Melba Moore1988Album
You Stepped Into My Life / Hard Not To Like YouMelba Moore1988Album
You Stepped Into My Life / Pick Me Up, I'll DanceMelba Moore1988Album
Tonight I Celebrate My Love / Love's Comin' At YaPeabo Bryson & Roberta Flack / Melba Moore1987Single
The Magic Touch / The Pretty Part Of YouMelba Moore / Tommy Hunt1987Single
A Little Bit MoreMelba Moore1986Album
I'm Not Gonna Let You GoMelba Moore1986Single
Love The One I'm With (A Lot Of Love)Melba Moore & Kashif1986Single
I'm Not Gonna Let You GoMelba Moore1986Album
FallingMelba Moore1986Single
Love Is In The Air / You Stepped Into My LifeMartin Stevens / Melba Moore1986Album
A Lot Of LoveMelba Moore1986Album
The Magic Touch / Little By LittleMelba Moore / Chuck Jackson1986Single
It's Been So LongMelba Moore1986Single
When You Love Me Like ThisMelba Moore1985Album
Read My LipsMelba Moore1985Album
Read My LipsMelba Moore1985Album
I Can't Believe It (It's Over)Melba Moore1985Album
You Stepped Into My Life / The Love I LostMelba Moore / Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes1984Album
The Magic Touch / Tonight 's The NightMelba Moore / Candy And The Kisses1984Single
You Are My LoveLillo Thomas Featuring Melba Moore1984Single
All Of YouLillo Thomas Featuring Melba Moore1984Single
Shake It Up Tonight / Sinner Man / Pick Me Up, I'll DanceCheryl Lynn / Sarah Dash / Melba Moore1983Album
Never Say NeverMelba Moore1983Album
Love Me RightMelba Moore1983Single
Keepin' My Lover SatisfiedMelba Moore1983Album
Livin' For Your LoveMelba Moore1983Single
Move On Up / This Is ItCurtis Mayfield / Melba Moore1983Single
The Other Side Of The RainbowMelba Moore1982Album
Mind Up TonightMelba Moore1982Album
Toma Mi Amor = Take My LoveMelba Moore1982Single
UnderloveMelba Moore1982Album
Love's Comin' At YaMelba Moore1982Single
Piece Of The RockMelba Moore1982Single
Sweet MelbaMelba Moore1981Compil.
What A Woman NeedsMelba Moore1981Album
Take My LoveMelba Moore1981Album
Let's Stand TogetherMelba Moore1981Album
Rest Inside My Love / Something On Your MindMelba Moore1980Single
Everything's So Good About YouMelba Moore1980Single
CloserMelba Moore1980Album
Something Old - Something NewBillie Holiday & Melba Moore1979Compil.
BurnMelba Moore1979Single
The Night Was Made For LoveMelba Moore, Paul Anka & Gladys Knight1979Compil.
Night People / Hot And TastyMelba Moore1979Single
BurnMelba Moore1979Album
Miss Thing / Need LoveMelba Moore1979Album
Get Into My MindMelba Moore1979Compil.
Dancin' With MelbaMelba Moore1979Compil.
The Fabulous Melba MooreMelba Moore1978Compil.
Promise LandMelba Moore1978Single
More, More, MoreAndrea True Connection / Melba Moore1978Compil.
MelbaMelba Moore1978Album
Pick Me Up, I'll DanceMelba Moore1978Single
You Stepped Into My Life / There's No Other Like YouMelba Moore1978Single
Maybe I'm Fool / Pick Me Up, I'll DanceEddie Money / Melba Moore1978Single
I Don't Know No One Else To Turn To / Just Another LinkMelba Moore1978Single
The Greatest FeelingMelba Moore1977Single
The Long And Winding RoadMelba Moore1977Single
Standing Right Here / Living FreeMelba Moore1977Single
The Way You Make Me FeelMelba Moore1977Single
A Portrait Of MelbaMelba Moore1977Album
My Sensitive, Passionate Man / The Greatest FeelingMelba Moore1977Single
Standing Right HereMelba Moore1977Album
This Is ItMelba Moore1976Single
This Is ItMelba Moore1976Album
MelbaMelba Moore1976Album
Good Love Makes Everything AlrightMelba Moore1976Album
Lean On MeMelba Moore1976Single
Peach MelbaMelba Moore1975Album
Must Be Dues / Natural Part Of EverythingMelba Moore1975Single
I Am His LadyMelba Moore1975Single
I Ain't Got To Love Nobody Else/ Love LettersMelba Moore1972Single
Melba Moore Live!Melba Moore1972Album
Look What You're Doing To The ManMelba Moore1971Album
Loving You Comes So EasyMelba Moore1971Single
Take Up A Course In Happiness / He Ain't Heavy, He's My BrotherMelba Moore1971Single
I Got Love / Walk Him Up The Stairs - EpilogueMelba Moore1970Single
I Got Love / I Love Making Love To YouMelba Moore1970Single
Look What You're Doing To The Man / Patience Is RewardedMelba Moore1970Single
Time And Love / The FacadeMelba Moore1970Single
I Got LoveMelba Moore1970Album
Purlie / We're Living To Give (To Each Other)Melba Moore1970Single
Living To GiveMelba Moore1970Album
TimeMelba Moore1970Single
I Messed Up A Good Thing / I'll Do It All Over AgainMelba Moore1969Single
We're Living To Give (To Give Each Other)Melba Moore1969Single
Does Love Believe In Me / Don't Cry Sing Along With The MusicMelba Moore1966Single
Pick Me Up, I'll DanceMelba MooreAlbum
Falling / It's Been So LongMelba MooreSingle
Dance Classic 12"The O'Jays, Melba MooreAlbum
Here Today And Gone TomorrowMelba MooreSingle
A Little Bit MoreFreddie Jackson And Melba MooreAlbum
Love Comes At Ya / The Sound Of MusicMelba Moore / DaytonAlbum
Dance Classic 12"Cherrelle / Melba MooreAlbum
Purlie / I Love Making Love To YouMelba MooreSingle
Pick Me Up I'll Dance / Love Story / You Got The StuffMelba Moore / Andy Williams / Bill WithersAlbum
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