For each mention made of Curt Moore’s contributions to North Carolina music, one must be made of his progressive role in the Miss Black North Carolina Pageants and of his far-flung triumphs in Black entrepreneurship. Here he poses with a trophy awarded to him by Fuller Products for outstanding sales. “Some people may have had more money, but no one had more fun,” Moore muses. Other slices of wisdom? The most beautiful women in the world live in Dallas, Texas. You’re welcome.
Although not a musician per se, Moore did write a good deal of music over the course of his career. And while Carolina Soul posts have already been dedicated to the self-explanatory “Legend of Otis Redding” and “Salute to Black Women,” none have been dedicated to his numerous works of spoken word, which range from inspirational and motivational to humorous and insightful. “I always knew there was money to be made by talking on records,” Moore professes. “I just didn’t know you had to say all this stuff about people’s mamas and grandmamas.” I didn’t have the heart to tell him what rappers consider fair game these days.
Special thanks to friend and documentary wizard Frank Eaton for capturing this Kodak Moment.
“Devil of Love” by Curt Moore