Monette Moore was never a star but she led a rich and varied life in show business. She began her career accompanying silent films in Kansas City and then toured the vaudeville circuit as a pianist and singer. In the early 1920s she made her way to New York and became active in musical theater. Her recording career began in 1923. Many of her early records were released under the pseudonym of Susie Smith. In 1925, Monette was in the cast of the musical revue "Lucky Sambo". She sang with Charlie Johnson's Orchestra at Small's Paradise Club (229 1/2 7th Avenue at 135th Street) and Connie's Inn (2221 Seventh Avenue at 131st Street) in New York and made some wonderful recordings with the band in 1925. In 1927 and 1928 she was singing with Walter Page's Blue Devils in the mid-West. She returned to New York in 1929 and was very active in musical theater and cabaret work until the late 1930s. In the early 1940s, she moved to Los Angeles and performed in clubs, recorded with Teddy Bunn and the Harmony Girls and had small parts in a couple of films. From 1951 to 1953 she appeared on the Amos 'n Andy television program and recorded with George Lewis. In 1960, she began performing with the Young Men of Dixieland at Disneyland and appeared in the Disney television programs "The Wonderful World of Color" and "Disneyland After Dark".

Monette Moore accompanied by Clarence Jones' Paramount Trio
Susie Smith accompanied by The Choo Choo Jazzers
Susie Smith and Billy Higgins accompanied by The Choo Choo Jazzers
Susie Smith accompanied by The Texas Trio
Monette Moore's Swing Shop Boys
Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
All Alone 2-1925 New York, New York Ajax
17124-B
Best Friend Blues 1-1923 New York, New York Paramount
12015-B
Best Friend Blues 6-1923 New York, New York Paramount
12034
Black Hearse Blues 1-1925 New York, New York Ajax
17093
Bullet Wound Blues 1-1925 New York, New York Ajax
17075
Come Home Papa Blues
(W.P. Smythe)
1-1923 New York, New York Paramount
12028
Crepe Hanger Blues 1-1925 New York, New York Ajax
17134
Death Letter Blues
(Ida Cox)
9-1924 New York, New York Vocalion
14911-A
Down Hearted Blues
(Lovie Austin / Alberta Hunter)
1-1923 New York, New York Paramount
12030-A
Friendless Blues
(Teetles Moore)
4-1924 New York, New York Paramount
12210
Get It Fixed 10-19-1925 New York, New York Columbia
14105
Goin' Down To The Levee (1)
(W. Russell / E. Herbert)
6-1923 New York, New York Paramount
12046
Goin' Down To The Levee (2)
(W. Russell / E. Herbert)
6-1923 New York, New York Paramount
12046
Graveyard Bound Blues
(Jay Guy Suddoth)
11-1924 New York, New York Ajax
17075
Gulf Coast Blues
(Clarence Williams)
1-1923 New York, New York Paramount
12030-B
Hard-Hearted Papa
(Phil Worde / Edgar Dowell)
1-26-1927 New York, New York Victor
unissued

37573-1
Hard-Hearted Papa
(Phil Worde / Edgar Dowell)
1-26-1927 New York, New York Victor
20484-A

37573-2
House Rent Blues 10-1924 New York, New York Ajax
17064

31694
House Rent Blues 10-1924 New York, New York Ajax
17064

31695
If You Don't Like Potatoes 11-9-1926 New York, New York Victor
20356
I Just Want A Daddy
(Thomas A. Dorsey)
1-1923 New York, New York Paramount
12028
I'm A Heart-Broken Mama 9-1924 New York, New York Vocalion
14911-B
I Wanna Jazz Some More
(Tom Delaney)
9-1924 New York, New York Vocalion
B 14903
Moanin' Sinner Blues 1-26-1927 New York, New York Victor
20484-B
Muddy Water Blues
(Thomas A. Dorsey)
8-1923 New York, New York Paramount
12067
Nobody Knows The Way I Feel Dis Mornin' 12-1924 New York, New York Ajax
17086
Rainy Weather Blues 11-1924 New York, New York Ajax
17073
Rocking Chair Blues
(John Smith)
4-1924 New York, New York Paramount
12210
Salt Water Blues 11-1924 New York, New York Ajax
17073
Scandal Blues 1-1925 New York, New York Ajax
17093
Somebody's Been Lovin' My Baby 11-9-1926 New York, New York Victor
20356
Sugar Blues
(Clarence Williams)
1-1923 New York, New York Paramount
12015-A
Take It Easy
(Overstreet / Davis)
10-19-1925 New York, New York Columbia
14105
Texas Man Blues
(Monette Moore)
9-1924 New York, New York Vocalion
A 14903
The Bye Bye Blues 11-1925 New York, New York Ajax
17079
Treated Wrong Blues
(Monette Moore / Naomi Carew)
8-1923 New York, New York Paramount
12067
Weeping Willow Blues 11-1924 New York, New York Ajax
17079
Work House Blues 10-1924 New York, New York Ajax
17064
Artist Instrument
Jimmy Blythe Piano
Naomia Carew Piano
James Cassino Piano
Ernest Elliot Clarinet
Jake Frazier Trombone
Bob Fuller Clarinet
Louis Hooper Piano
Wyatt Houston Violin
Clarence Jones Piano
Bubber Miley Trumpet
John Montagu Piano
Rex Stewart Cornet
Fats Waller Piano
Title Director Year
Yes Sir, Mr. Bones Ron Ormond 1951
A Star Is Born George Cukor 1954
The Outsider Delbert Mann 1962



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