Dorothy Louise (Dottie) Moore was born in Humphrey Arkansas on August 24, 1930 to
her parents, Jack and Lila May Sutton. She died at the age
of 37 in Flint, Michigan on November 10, 1967.
In her short life span, she experienced success and heartbreak much in the tradition
of the country music she sang.
From an early age, Dottie suffered from diabetes and lost the use of both her eyes
during the last three years of her life.
She began performing while she was still a youngster, and was often found herself
the winner in various amateur contests. Her talents led her to the country music
recording field and she left behind recordings on three labels - King,
Ranger and Starday.
Despite battling her illnesses, Dottie never gave up her singing career
and enjoyed the pleasure of entertaining her audiences and fans
through her recordings and personal appearances.
Linnell Gentry noted in his book that Dottie appeared on the famed WWVA Jamboree
out of Wheeling, West Virginia. She also appeared on the Slim Rhodes show that aired
out of Jonesboro, Arkansas. She also did guest appearances on Channel 12 in Flint, Michigan
as well as Channel 5 in Bay City.
Dottie's talents also included songwriting. She is credited as co-writer with Harper James
Lewis on such tunes as "You Are Everything To Me", "Please Daddy", "It Isn't Right",
and "What Will You Do". In researching her songwriting credits, it appears that her
husband was also a songwriter, though not with Dottie.
She spent most of her life in the Flint, Michigan area, attending
Central High School, where she met and married
Donald D. (Jockey) Moore. They had two daughters, Jackie Melinda and Janie Loraine.
Although she never became one of the best known artists I the country music field, Dottie
gained a large following around the world through her fan club, her recordings,
and her personal appearances with many of the Grand Ole Opry stars and others.
In fact, her fan club won first place in the Fan Allegiance Network in 1966.
She was buried in Flushing, Michigan.
Credits & Sources
- Hillbilly-Music.com wishes to thank Amber Burrow, granddaughter
of Dottie Moore for providing us with information and details about Dottie Moore's career.
- A History and Encyclopedia of Country, Western, and Gospel
Music; Second Edition; By Linnell Gentry; Clairmont Corporation; Nashville, TN; 1969