Hillbilly-Music.com—The People. The Music. The History.
Dottie Moore
Born:  August 24, 1930
Died:  November 10, 1967

About The Artist

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

Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

Rec. No. Side Song Title
  5797 A I'm Not Gonna Answer The Door Anymore
  5797 A I'm Not Gonna Answer The Door Anymore
  5797 B Lonely Heart, Anxious Kisses
  5797 B Lonely Heart, Anxious Kisses
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  Unknown A I Believe I'm Losing My Mind
  Unknown B It Seems To Me
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  791 A The Hand That Rocks The Cradle
  791 B Losing Him, By Loving You