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Name: Melba Moore                                                                     
Birth name:  Melba Hill                                                               
Born: 29 October 1945 New York City, New York,                                       
Melba Moore (born Melba Hill, 29 October 1945, New York City) is an American R&B     
singer and actress.                                                                   
She started her career in 1967 with a role in the musical Hair. In 1970, Moore       
won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her     
role in Purlie (She portrayed Lutiebelle) making her the first black actress to       
do so. In 1978 she appeared (as Marsinah) with Eartha Kitt in Timbuktu!.             
By the 1970s Moore started focusing on music with many hits in the late 1970s         
through the mid 1980s. Her 1975 debut album, Peach Melba, earned her a Grammy         
nomination for Best New Artist. In 1976, she earned a Grammy nomination for Best     
Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Female for the song "Lean On Me", in which         
she held a 35-second note. Some of her other hits include "You Stepped Into My       
Life", "Love's Comin' At Ya", "This Is It", "The Greatest Feeling", "A Little         
Bit More" and "Read My Lips". Moore often collaborated with R&B crooner, Freddie     
Her 1990 recording of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" was instrumental in having         
that song entered into the Congressional Record as the official African-American     
National Anthem.                                                                     
More recently, Moore has been focusing on gospel recordings whilst still             
appearing in occasional Broadway shows. In 2003, she was featured in the film,       
The Fighting Temptations, which starred Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Beyonce Knowles.       
After her impressive career of more than forty years, with over a dozen released     
albums, she finally gets her first royalties in the beginning of 2007, after         
waiting for four decades.