Sparkle Moore

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Sparkle Moore
Birth name Barbara Morgan
Born 1939
Origin Omaha, Nebraska
Genres Rockabilly
Years active 1956–1957
Labels Fraternity
Associated acts Dan Belloc, The Dick Noel Singers

Sparkle Moore (born Barbara Morgan in 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska) is a rockabilly singer, who recorded only a few songs during her career, but was highly influential as a pioneer of female rockabilly. Her name was earned because of her similarity to Sparkle, a supporting character in the Dick Tracy comic strip. Sparkle dressed in men's clothing, often including leather, and sported an Elvis-influenced pompadour.[1]

In 1956, she toured with Gene Vincent and was scheduled to perform on the Grand Ol' Opry, which was subsequently cancelled due to illness. In 1957, Sparkle retired from music after becoming pregnant to concentrate on raising a family.

Discography[edit]

Original releases[edit]

Fraternity F-751 - Nov. 17, 1956 - Rock-A-Bop(1) / Skull And Cross Bones(2)
Fraternity F-766 - May 1957 - Killer(3) / Tiger(4)

Unissued Tracks - Flower Of My Heart(5), Killer [alt. vers.](6), Tiger [alt. vers.](7)

Compilation reissues[edit]

Ace CDCHD 1016 (cd) Good Girls Gone Bad (Wild, Weird, And Wanted) (1,2,5,6,7)
Ace CDCHD 316 (cd) All American Rock 'N' Roll From Fraternity Records (1,3,4,5)
Ace CDCHD 815 (cd) Them Rockabilly Cats (1)
Ace CDCHD 822 (cd) All American Rock 'N' Roll: The Fraternity Story, Vol. 2 (2,4)
Crown 56- 200 (lp) Rock, Rock, Rock, Vol. 2 (1)
Eagle EA-R 90207 (cd) Cool Off Baby (1)
Folkline 274- 162 (cd) Rockabilly Kittens, Vol. 2 (1)
Pompadour DA 002 (10-in. lp) Man's Ruin: Skin-Tone Rock 'N' Roll (2)
Rounder 1031 (lp) Wild, Wild Young Women (1,2)
Supersonic LP-FV 1172 (lp) Hot Boppin' Girls, Vol. 4 (1,2)
Unlimited Prod. ULP 1006 (lp) Let's Have A Ball (1)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Sparkle Moore: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 April 2011.