A while ago, now, my friend gave me a whole heap of songs she had downloaded - mainly rockabilly and related tunes. One of my favourite finds, whilst going through all of the songs, was a series of compilations called 'Hot Boppin' Girls'. I think it's fair to say that the average person thinks of musicians like Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran et al when they think about 1950s rockabilly and that, with a few exceptions, women get pretty much overlooked.
So, a compilation dedicated to female rockabilly singers got me really excited (I'm sure there are other compilations out there but this series is all I have) - there are tunes from gals like Ruth Brown, Barbara Pittman, Ella Mae Morse and lots of others. One of my favourites is a lady by the name of Sparkle Moore. And not least because she dressed in men's clothing and often sported a pompadour. You can read a teensy little bit about her here at Wikipedia.
I think this is my favourite picture!
All images found on last.fm
Here are a couple of her songs (she didn't record many, which is a pity):
This was the B-Side to her single Rock-A-Bop.
While I'm by no means an aficionado, I think one of the reasons I've come to love rockabilly and hillbilly/country music so much is that, unlike most popular music, it's so common to see women playing musical instruments! And I love seeing that. I have a feeling Sparkle would have rocked just as hard as Gene Vincent when she toured with him in 1956, don't you think?
Andi B. Goode
P.S. I've got some pages, which you can access via the links just under my banner, to pages with lists of my Silver Screen Sunday & Musical Interlude posts, instead of having to use my tags if you want to look at any particular post. Oh, there's one for the Style Icon entries, too. Are they helpful links?