Beatrice Melba Hill (born October 29, 1945), best known by her stage name, Melba Moore is an American singer, actress, entertainer. She is the daughter of saxophonist Teddy Hill and R&B singer Bonnie Davis. She is known for the voice of Tibi the Take it Back Butterfly in some Warner Bros. cartoons, such as Yakety Yak, Take it Back, Trash Talk, Tiny Toon Adventures, and Animaniacs.
In 1975 Moore signed with Buddah Records and released the critically successful R&B album, Peach Melba, which included the minor hit, “I Am His Lady”. The following year she scored her first significant hit with the Van McCoy-penned “This Is It”, which reached the Billboard Hot 100, the top-20 position on the R&B chart, and top-10 in the UK, becoming her biggest success in that country. ‘This is It’ also became the number-1 disco track in the UK for that year. It would be 18 years later that Australian singer Dannii Minogue will cover this song and make it to # 10 on the ARIA charts. In 1976 she scored her third Grammy nomination with the R&B ballad “Lean on Me”, which had been recorded originally by Vivian Reed and later by Moore’s idol Aretha Franklin who recorded the song as a b-side to her 1971 hit “Spanish Harlem”. The song is most notable for Moore’s extended long note at the end. In 1983 she re-recorded the song as a tribute to McCoy, who had died 4 years earlier. Throughout the rest of the 1970s, Moore struggled to match the success of “This Is It” with minor R&B/dance hits, gaining another hit with 1979’s “You Stepped Into My Life”, which was released on Epic Records and hit the top 20 on the R&B charts and became one of her biggest pop hits.
In 1981 Moore signed with Capitol Records and reached the top 5 on the R&B charts with the dance-pop/funk single “Love’s Comin’ At Ya”, which also hit the top 20 in the UK and became a sizable hit in some European countries for its post-disco sound and followed by “Mind Up Tonight” Which was another top 40 hit in the UK. A string of R&B hits followed, including 1983’s “Keepin’ My Lover Satisfied” and “Love Me Right”, 1984’s “Livin’ For Your Love”, 1985’s “Read My Lips”—which later won Moore a fourth Grammy nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, making her just the third black artist after Donna Summer and Michael Jackson to be nominated in the rock category—and 1985’s “When You Love Me Like This”. In 1986, she scored two number-one R&B hits, including the duet “A Little Bit More” with Freddie Jackson and “Falling”. She scored other popular R&B hits including “Love the One I’m With (A Lot of Love)” and “It’s Been So Long”. In 1986, Moore also headlined the CBS television sitcom Melba; its debut aired the same night as the Challenger explosion and the show was abruptly cancelled, though 5 episodes aired that summer. Her success began to wane as the decade closed, although she managed 2 further Top 10 R&B hits, “Do You Really (Want My Love)” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (which featured such artists as Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Jeffrey Osborne, Anita Baker, and Stephanie Mills). Moore had a starring role in the 1990 horror film Def by Temptation. In 1991, Moore provided the voice of Tibi the Take it Back Butterfly, MC Skat Kat’s good friend, second to Yakety Yak, in the Warner Bros. cartoons Yakety Yak, Take it Back (1991), Trash Talk (1992), Tiny Toon Adventures (1990), and Animaniacs (1993), before voice actress Cree Summer took over the role in Space Jam (1996), and Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003), followed by voice actress Heather Bambrick in Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run (2015), and others, during the 2010’s.