Melvin Moore

Melvin Moore, originally from Tulsa and now a New Yorker, wanted to be a singer since he was eight years old.  He was barely 17 when he ran away from home to pursue that goal; just shy of high school graduation at the time, he greatly displeased his father when he left, but he returned in a year to make peace at home and finish high school before leaving again.

From 1936 to 1950, Moore sang and recorded with some of America’s finest bands, including Ernie Fields’ orchestra, and performed in front of such musicians as Billy Taylor, Terry Gibbs, Charlie Mingus, Neal Hefti and Zoot Sims.  He played with the Dizzy Gillespie band, then left in 1950 for the Billy Bowen Ink Spots, and stayed with them until 1962. Moore then joined Decca Records as a promotion and marketing executive, and went to Brunswick in 1966 as national director of R&B promotion and artist development. At the time of his induction, he was still serving as a consultant.