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For decades, Melba Moore has worked on Broadway, in television, film and recording.  

Melba began as a back-up singer. She and Valerie Simpson are the soul chorus on the super-classic "Child is Father to the Man" by Blood, Sweat & Tears.

Solo albums include two all-time greats, This Is It and Peach Melba, late seventies releases on the ill-fated Buddha label. Other terrific releases include Read My Lips and The Other Side of the Rainbow from Capitol in the eighties. Sometimes triumphing over weak songs, her dazzling four-octave range and interpretive skills produced hits ("This Is It," "Lean On Me") and astounding performances ("I Don't Know No One Else to Turn To," "Lift Every Voice and Sing," "Mind Up Tonight," "Get Into My Mind" and numerous others).


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Melba's career took off in the Broadway casts of "Hair" and "Purlie," earning her Tony, NY Drama Critics' and Drama Desk awards. In 1978, she won raves for "TIMBUKTU" with Eartha Kitt.

Her most memorable television production was "The Melba Moore/Clifton Davis Show" in 1972, back when they had prime time variety hours. It gave Melba a chance to display her comedic talents. A short-lived sitcom, 1986's "Melba," paired her with a European-American sister, played by Gracie Harrison. CBS pulled it after one episode, back when they could afford to write off shows without giving them a chance.

Melba appeared as a singer in the films "Cotton Comes To Harlem" and "Hair." More recently, she did a voice in "All Dogs Go To Heaven" and appeared in "Def By Temptation" (1990), "A Bing Crosby Christmas" (2000) and will be in "The Fighting Temptations" (2003).


Melba taught school after graduating from college. Born in New York, 10 October 19whatever.  Once a major star in several media, she was supportive to other artists, notably with Freddie Jackson, who joined her on memorable duets.

Today, Melba tours and is recording gospel music, working with the great Shirley Murdock and Dale DeGrot.

Read: gt's review of a 2006 San Francisco cabaret appearance.  


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