Monette Moore

Decades: 1990s


19 May 1902, Gainesville, Texas, USA, d. 21 October 1962, Garden Grove, California, USA. Moore was also known as Ethel Mayes, Nettie Potter, Susie Smith and Grace White. Interested in music from an early age, Moore taught herself piano in her early teens and became a fan of Mamie Smith. Among the first wave of classic blues singers, from 1923 onwards she was recording in New York City for Paramount, Vocalion Records, Columbia Records and RCA-Victor Records. She also worked with the orchestras of Charlie ‘Fess’ Johnson, Walter Page and Lucky Millinder in myriad shows and revues. She was briefly married to singer/pianist/songwriter John Erby in the late 20s and in 1933 she opened her own nightclub, Monette’s Place, but continued performing and recording. In the early 40s, she moved out to the west coast to record for various specialist labels with Teddy Bunn, Hilton ‘Nappy’ Lamare and George Lewis, then started a new career in television and...

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