Moore and Bryson in concert in W-S
(pictured above: Melba Moore is a Tony award winner and a multi-Grammy nominee.)
R&B legends Peabo Bryson and Melba Moore will be in concert on Saturday, June 7 at RJ Reynolds Memorial Auditorium.
A two-time Grammy winner, Bryson, a Greenville, S.C. native, has 20 albums to his credit. His hits include “Reaching for the Sky,” “Feel the Fire,” “I’m So Into You,” “Tonight I Celebrate My Love” (with Roberta Flack), “If Ever You’re In My Arms,” “Show & Tell,” “Can You Stop The Rain,” “Beauty and the Beast”(with Celine Dion) and “A Whole New World” (with Regina Belle).
Moore won a Tony in 1970 for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Lutiebelle in “Purlie.”
A Grammy nominee, Moore has had 11 top 10 singles. Her career began when she was cast in “Hair” in the late 1960s. Eventually, she replaced Diane Keaton in the show’s leading role.
“Purlie” came next. Originally, she was assigned only one song, “Purlie,” in the show, but she had such success with it in previews that songwriters Gary Geld and Peter Udell gave her another, “I Got Love.” This song was such a smash hit that it shot her to stardom and supplied the title to her debut Mercury Records album.
In the summer of 1972, Melba Moore and actor Clifton Davis co-starred in their own television series. It was intended as a temporary replacement for Carol Burnett’s variety show, but was so successful that it would have continued, had the couple’s off-screen relationship not come to an end.
Her hits include “Lean on Me,” “This Is It,” “You Stepped into My Life,” “Love’s Comin’ At Ya,” “Keepin’ My Lover Satisfied,” “Love Me Right,” “Livin’ For Your Love” and “Read My Lips.”
The concert will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39.50 – $59.50 and are available at www.reynoldsauditorium.com.