Marilyn Moore

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For the American basketmaker, see Marilyn Moore (artist).
Marilyn Moore
Birth name Marilyn Moore
Born June 16, 1931
Origin United States
Died March 1992 (aged 60–61)
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Labels Bethlehem Records
Associated acts Al Cohn

Marilyn Moore was an American jazz singer of the 1950s. Born in Oklahoma City, she is best known for her 1957 album Moody Marilyn Moore, released on Bethlehem Records. Her vocal style was almost an exact replica of Billie Holiday's, and according to jazz critic Will Friedwald, Holiday and Moore became friends.[1] She was the first wife of saxophonist Al Cohn (who played on Moody Marilyn Moore) and the mother of guitarist Joe Cohn.[1]


"Marilyn Moore" is the title of the song performed by Sonic Youth, written by Thurston Moore and Lydia Lunch. It appears on their 1986 album EVOL.


  1. ^ a b Friedwald, Will. Jazz Singing: America's Great Voices from Bessie Smith to Bebop and Beyond. Page 483. Da Capo Press, 1996.

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