Rudy Ray Moore (1937 - 2008)

It's with sadness that I must report that one of the greatest blue comedians has passed away; Rudy Ray Moore, better known as Dolemite. He died late Sunday night in Toledo, Ohio due to complications from diabetes, and although he may not be as well-known as say Richard Pryor, Robin Harris, or even Redd Foxx, his contribution to the world, especially that of hip-hop cannot be overlooked. His x-rated comedy has been sampled by everyone from the 2 Live Crew, Anquette, Snoop Dogg, and NWA just to name a few. Coincidentally, Rudy Ray Moore is responsible for bringing The Lady Reed (whom I posted a few days ago) into the comedic spotlight oh-so-many years ago.

March 17, 1937 - October 19, 2008