Dorothy Moore Biography

13 October 1947, Jackson, Mississippi, USA. Moore was one of the last great southern soul singers to find success in the late 70s, when disco and funk were making deep soul an increasingly marginalized form limited to the south. She began her career at Jackson State University where she formed an all-female group called the Poppies with Petsye McCune and Rosemary Taylor. The group recorded for Columbia Records’ Date subsidiary, reaching number 56 in the pop charts in 1966 with ‘Lullaby Of Love’. Abortive solo singles for the Avco, GSF and Chimneyville labels followed, before her career took off with a series of remarkable ballads for Malaco Records. ‘Misty Blue’ (number 2 R&B, number 3 pop) and ‘Funny How Time Slips Away’ (the Willie Nelson song, number 7 R&B, number 58 pop) hit in 1976, while ‘I Believe You’ (number 5 R&B, number 27 pop) charted the following year. Moore’s recordings in the next few years were not nearly as successful as she succumbed increasingly to the disco trend. She left the business for several years, but in 1986 recorded the fine gospel set, Giving It Straight To You, in Nashville for the Rejoice label. It yielded a masterful remake of Brother Joe May’s ‘What Is This’ that became a Top 10 gospel hit. Moore returned to secular music in 1988, recording, in a deep soul style, two albums for the Volt subsidiary of Fantasy Records. In 1990 she returned to her original label, Malaco, for whom she recorded several high class albums during the ensuing decade and into the new millenium.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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