The Return Of Friday Night Is Rockabilly Night 109

I’ve posted this song before but it bears repeating- Sparkle Moore (born Barbara Morgan) was a pioneer of 50s rockabilly. She toured with Gene Vincent and dressed in men’s leathers. Caused quite a stir I imagine. Sparkle only recorded seven songs, four released across a pair of 7″ singles (in 1956 and ’57) and three left unreleased. In 1957 she retired from the music industry to raise a family. And that’s it. But what a tune.

‘You should be labelled with a skull and cross bones
You’re a jinx on my soul’

Skull And Cross Bones

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All Hallow’s Eve

Trick or treat? Neither, go away you pesky kids.

I’m not a big fan of Hallowe’en but it gives me the excuse to post this slightly disturbing picture from the USA in 1959 and this mix from Mr Weatherall from this time last year- an hours worth of spooky sounds and plenty of 50s and 60s rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly and psych, featuring amongst others Gin Gillette, Sparkle Moore and Ronnie Cook and the Gaylads (with Cramps’ cover Goo Goo Muck).

Mulletover Halloween 2011 Mix

Friday Night Is Rockabilly Night 8

OK, here we go. The kids have been to a junior disco and come back all amped up on sweets and mini-eggs, Mrs Swiss is off on the town with the girls, and our three household smoke alarms have gone off for no reason for a good twenty minutes (and I can still hear them ringing in my ears). And it’s Friday night rockabilly time.

This track Skull And Crossbones by Sparkle Moore is a real hidden gem. Real name Barbara Morgan (and I kind of wish I didn’t know she had a real name), Sparkle got her nickname due to looking like the character Sparkle from the Dick Tracy comics, often dressed in men’s leathers with a bleached blonde quiff, and recorded only a handful of songs -Rock-A-Bop, Tiger, Killer, Flower Of My Heart and this B-Side Skull And Crossbones. She supported Gene Vincent and was set to play the Grand Ole Opry but quit music when pregnant in 1957 and never recorded again, instead raising a family. You can find her on compilations with wonderful titles like Good Girls Gone Bad, Them Rockabilly Cats, Cool Off Baby, Hot Boppin’ Girls and Rockabilly Kittens. This is a good ‘un- get it while it’s hot.

‘You should be labelled with a skull and a crossbones
Cos you’re a jinx to my soul’

skull and crossbone.mp3