a. Sparkle Moore Wild Exciting ...Here's ...Sparkle Moore Rockabilly .....10" vinyl e.p LIMITED PRESSING
Wild & Exciting Here’s….
VIPVOP014 5060446076323 18th May 2018
1.Rock-a bop (Barbara Morgan) 2:14
2.Skull and Crossbones (Barbara Morgan) 3:11
1.Killer (Barbara Morgan) * 2:35
2.Tiger (Barbara Morgan) 2:39
Published by Buckeye Music Inc
With Dan Belloc & his Orchestra. * with The Dick Noel Singers
Originally Issued on Fraternity Records Cincinnati Ohio. Side One, 1956. Side Two, 1957.
- Re mastered both 7” singles tracks on one 10” E.P for the first time on Vinyl in over 60 years
- Beautifully designed including liner notes by Max Decharne
- A Must for any Rock- a- Billy or Rock’ n’ Roll collector
- Adverts and Reviews in Vintage Rock n Roll, Record Collector
- Designed by Les 'Tigerrr' Clark
Sparkle Moore – Rock-a-Bop, Skull & Crossbones, Killer, Tiger
Sometime back in the early 1990s, an all-female UK band announced to the music press that ‘before us, women in rock were only allowed to be backing singers’. Tell that to Sparkle Moore.
Born Barbara Morgan in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1939, nicknamed Sparkle after a character in the Dick Tracy comic strip, this blonde-haired, sharp-dressed multi-instrumentalist wrote, played and sang her own material, just as the first wave of rock’n’roll carried all before it in 1956. As she later explained, ‘I liked a lot of echo and I liked a lot of screaming. I wanted things to be exciting – wild.’
She cut the four self-penned songs here for the Fraternity label in Cincinnati, Ohio, backed by their regular label house band, Dan Belloc and His Orchestra. ‘Gal pulls a fem Presley and belts out a catchy rock’n’roll ditty with style and drive,’ said Billboard magazine approvingly in November 1956 when reviewing her debut 45, Skull and Cross Bones’/‘Rock-a-Bop. Journalists and music business PR people had a habit in those days of labelling any woman in rock’n’roll as the ‘Female Elvis’ – other candidates given the title included Janis Martin, Charline Arthur, Jean Chapel and Alis Lesley.
Sparkle certainly looked and sounded like the real deal, and was also sometimes promoted as the ‘Female James Dean’. She played on bills with stars such as Gene Vincent, the Wilburn Brothers and Ernest Tubb, and there was even talk at one stage of a 1957 package tour of Brazil, but following the release of her second single, Killer / Tiger, she retired from the rock business in order to start a family.
You want things exciting, wild? Here’s Sparkle Moore.
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