jueves, 30 de abril de 2009

Melba Moore: Living to Give (1970) ...plus

Tony Award winning and two-time Grammy nominee, Melba Moore’s enduring talent has earned her a rewarding career in recording, theater, television, music and film. For over 30 years, her powerful and beautiful four-octave voice has endeared her to music lovers around the world as a great virtuoso singer on a variety of genres, including rhythm and blues, gospel, rock and roll, jazz and pop. 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. Moore also forged a successful singing career. Her very early experience in the industry saw her working as a singer/pianist with a group called Voices, Inc., and performing at clubs in New Jersey and the Catskills. In addition, she was able to supplement her income by doing background vocals for a whole host of names including Jerry Butler, Dionne Warwick, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis and Aretha Franklin. One of her colleagues at the time was none other than Valerie Simpson. She released her debut album, Living to Give, on Mercury Records in 1970, followed a year later by Look What You're Doing to the Man. She also had a UK Top 10 (and a minor US hit) in 1976 with ‘This Is It’, and although her pop chart placings were inconsistent, she remained a fixture on the R&B lists over the following decade. Moore has been and is currently focusing on gospel recordings while still appearing in an occasional Broadway show. Today I am posting that promising first album, Living to Give, augmented by 7 bonus tracks from her 1971 release Look What You're Doing to the Man. Enjoy! http://www.musicianguide.com/


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Melba singing 'Purlie' on the Broadway musical of the same name:

Performing 'Lean on Me' on an episode of Soul Train, in 1976:

6 comentarios:

Nosi dijo...

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Soul Bonanza dijo...

Thanks alot - I missed this one in Melba's catalogue!

pedro dijo...

what can you say just gifted thanks for this early sounds

paulomi dijo...

melba is one of my fvorite artist and its great to get such cool info about her. I just admire her and your post has helped me a lot.Recently I have come across a cool site about R&B and Soul Muisc at http://www.raresoulgrooves.com . the site maintains a category of fetured artists which has a lot of info about the popular R&B and Soul stars.

josé neves dijo...

thanks for this soul sister, she's too much underrated.

Greg May dijo...

GREG MAY of Orlando, FL says: "I was doing a special on Disco Divas back in the 80's for my TV show, 'Central Florida Spotlight'. The special was called 'Die For A Diva.' I had already interviewed Gloria Gaynor, Grace Jones and I rounded it out with Melba Moore."