Sparkle Moore was just plain cool. On stage she dressed like a man–and a tough man at that–and looked, and sounded like a bad girl with a bad attitude. And her music was rockin’. She had an extremely short, yet quite influential career, and the small amount of recordings she left for us make you wish she’d done a lot more.
Her first recordings were released in 1956 and she retired in 1957 to raise a family. While I think that raising a family is a very noble and super cool pursuit, I do wish she’d have recorded more.
In 1956, she toured with Gene Vincent and you can hear Vincent’s influence on the song “Tiger.” Actually, what I really hear is Vincent’s guitarist, Cliff Gallop’s influence. Sparkle is still alive, though I don’t know anything about her life after her early retirement just after the release of “Tiger” in 1957. All I know is that Sparkle Moore was just plain cool.