Melba Moore

Singer + Actress
Born Oct 29, 1945

Beatrice Melba Smith, best known by her stage name, Melba Moore is an American disco, R&B singer and actress. She is the daughter of saxophonist Teddy Hill and R&B singer Bonnie Davis.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Melba Moore.


1945 Birth Moore was born on 1945 in New York City, New York, to Gertrude Melba Smith (known professionally as Bonnie Davis) and Teddy Hill, and raised in Harlem, New York, until she was 9 and her divorced mother remarried jazz pianist Clement Leroy Moorman.


1958 12 Years Old She attended Newark Arts High School in Newark, New Jersey, Graduating in 1958. … Read More


1967 21 Years Old Moore began her performing career in 1967 as Dionne in the original cast of the musical Hair along with Ronnie Dyson and Diane Keaton. … Read More
1970 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1970, she won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Lutiebelle in Purlie. … Read More
1971 25 Years Old In addition to her Tony Award, her music career brought additional accolades. She was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1971 for 'Best New Artist'.
1973 27 Years Old When Moore's managers and accountants left her in 1973, she returned to Newark and began singing in benefit concerts.
1974 28 Years Old Her career picked up after she met record manager and business promoter Charles Huggins after a performance at the Apollo Theater in 1974. They married in 1975.
In 1975 Moore signed with Buddah Records and released the critically successful R&B album, Peach Melba, which included the minor hit, "I Am His Lady". … Read More


1976 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1976 she scored her third Grammy nomination with the R&B ballad "Lean on Me", which had been recorded originally by Vivian Reed and later by Moore's idol Aretha Franklin who recorded the song as a B-side to her 1971 hit "Spanish Harlem". … Read More
1979 33 Years Old Throughout the rest of the 1970s, Moore struggled to match the success of "This Is It" with minor R&B/dance hits, gaining another hit with 1979's "You Stepped Into My Life", which was released on Epic Records and hit the top 20 on the R&B charts.
1981 35 Years Old In 1981 Moore signed with Capitol Records and reached the top 5 on the R&B charts with the dance-pop/funk single "Love's Comin' At Ya", which also hit the top 20 in the UK and became a sizable hit in some European countries for its post-disco sound and followed by "Mind Up Tonight", which was another top 40 hit in the UK. … Read More


1986 40 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1986, she scored two number 1 R&B hits, including the duet "A Little Bit More" with Freddie Jackson and "Falling". … Read More
1990 44 Years Old Moore had a starring role in the 1990 horror film Def by Temptation.
1991 45 Years Old After 15 years of marriage, in 1991, Huggins abruptly filed for divorce from Moore leaving the singer in financial ruins. … Read More
1995 49 Years Old Moore returned to Broadway in 1995 landing a part in Les Misérables. … Read More


2003 57 Years Old In 2003, Moore was featured in the film, The Fighting Temptations, which starred Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Beyoncé Knowles.


2007 - 2009 2 More Events
2011 65 Years Old Her song called "Love Is" debuted on the R&B charts in 2011 at #87.
2012 66 Years Old Moore is also the 2012 Recipient of the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival Theatre Legend Award.
2015 69 Years Old 1 More Event
Moore was inducted into the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame on October 4, 2015, in Detroit.
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