Like a lot of other artists previously characterized as "soul" or "R & B" entertainers, vocalist Dorothy Moore has hit the blues circuit in search of a comeback. Born in Mississippi, Moore got her start in gospel music, but by the time she was in her teens she was performing secular music in talent shows. In 1966, as lead singer of the Poppies, she enjoyed some success with "Lullaby of Love"; after the band broke up she did session work with a variety of soul and R & B artists as well as the occasional recording under her own name, but it wasn't until "Misty Blue" (1976) that she established herself as a headliner. She followed that up with a string of hits in the late 70s--"I Believe You," lovely covers of Bobby Goldsboro's "With Pen in Hand" and Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away," and others--that helped define the modern southern soul-ballad style. Moore's album Giving It Straight to You made it to 13 on Billboard's gospel chart in 1986; recent R & B outings have included Feel the Love (1990) and Stay Close to Home (1992), both on the Malaco label. Moore's style fuses country's wistful melancholy with soul's emotional depth; the result sometimes borders on the precious, but with the right material she can evoke tender romanticism with subtlety and elegance. Saturday, 10 PM, Buddy Guy's Legends, 754 S. Wabash; 312-427-0333. David Whiteis
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Uncredited photo of Dorothy Moore.