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Raise a Toast to Melba

If someone offers you the chance to see the soul/disco queen Melba Moore in the intimate environs of Hoochie Coochie then run, don’t walk.

Melba Moore has always been part of my life because one of my first loves was classic disco music from the 1970s. And with tracks such as ‘This Is It’, Melba Moore captured the essence of the sound with its sheer ebullience and satin-sheen production. The 1970s also saw Moore burnish her soul-balladry chops with epic tracks such as ‘Lean on Me’, a single that saw her gain her third Grammy nomination (the song was later recorded up by Aretha Franklin). Moving into the 1980s and 1990s, Moore kept dancefloors filled with tracks such ‘You Stepped Into My Life’, ‘Love’s Comin’ at Ya’, ‘Living For Love’, ‘Falling’ and ‘A Little Bit More’ – a number one duet with Freddie Jackson. And, lest we forget, Moore also has a huge following among the northern soul crowd, particularly for ‘Magic Touch’, a “lost” 1967 track, which later found much favour among the talc and spin fraternity. Tickets for this gig are sixty quid a pop, but are surely worth it to see such a legend at such close quarters. GM

Melba Moore, Friday 21 January, Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle, 9pm, £60. hoochiecoochie.co.uk