1. Moore was born and raised in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and eventually moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and then Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
2. In Milwaukee, he preached in churches as well as worked as a nightclub dancer.
3. After his discharge he lived in Seattle, Washington and then Los Angeles, where he continued to work in clubs and was discovered by record producer Dootsie Williams.
4. By his own account, he was working at a record store in Hollywood in 1970 when he began hearing obscene stories of “Dolemite” recounted by a local man named Rico.
5. Moore began recording the stories, and assumed the role of “Dolemite” in his club act and on recordings.
6. Moore was influenced by more mainstream comedians such as Red Foxx and Richard Pryor, as well as by traditions such as the Dozens.
7. The album covers and contents were often too racy to be put on display in record stores,
8. Moore spent most of his earnings from the records to finance the movie Dolemite, which appeared in 1975 and has been described as “one of the great blaxploitation movies” of the 1970s. The character was “the ultimate ghetto hero: a bad dude, profane, skilled at kung-fu, dressed to kill and hell-bent on protecting the community from evil menaces.
9. He was a pimp with a kung-fu-fighting clique of prostitutes and he was known for his sexual prowess.”
10. Moore continued to release albums that appealed to his enduring fanbase through the 1970s and 1980s, but little of his work reached the mainstream white audience.
11. His “rapid-fire rhyming salaciousness exceeded the wildest excesses” of Foxx and Pryor, At the same time, Moore often spoke in his church and regularly took his mother to the National Baptist Convention.