Dorothy Moore

Dorothy Moore

Born: October 13, 1946, Jackson, Mississippi

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At age three, Dorothy’s mother discovered she possessed a vibrato in her vocal tones, and from then on her mother purchased her musical instruments and accompanied her to gospel programs. She began singing with The New Stranger Home Baptist Church Choir at the age of five, and, eventually, she became a soloist. At Jackson State University, Dorothy formed an all female group called the Poppies, whilst signing for the Epic Records label. The Poppies worked with The Four Tops, Bobby Goldsboro, and Wilson Pickett. They recorded the hit singles Lullaby of Love and He’s Ready in 1966. Their album reached the National Charts and, subsequently, crossed over to the Pop Charts. Dorothy established a solo career in 1976 with a series of ballads of the highest order for Malaco Records. In 1976, Misty Blue, Funny How Time Slips Away, and I Believe You all became enormous hits and soul standards in their own right. Dorothy’s recordings in the next few years were not nearly as successful as she became swamped increasingly by the disco trend. She left the business for several years, but in 1986 recorded a fine gospel album in Nashville, Giving It Straight To You. It yielded a masterful remake of Brother Joe May’s What Is This that became a Top 10 gospel hit. Dorothy returned to secular music in 1988, recording two albums. In 1989 Dorothy travelled to Japan for a seven-day tour. In 1990, she began recording for her original label, Malaco, touring that year in the U.K. Moore has earned many awards, including four Grammy nominations, an Image Award, NATRA Female R & B Vocalist of the Year, Billboard Magazine Award, Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, along with many other awards worldwide. In 2005 she released I’m Doing Alright. Then in 2012 she recorded Blues Heart.




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