Sparkle Moore

Sparkle Moore

Sparkle Moore was one of the pioneering female figures of rockabilly music. Born Barbara Morgan in Omaha, she taught herself how to play the Hawaiian steel guitar and discovered rock and roll when she saw Bill Haley perform at a country music show in the mid 1950s.

She was discovered by a local DJ, Grahame “Crackers” Richards, who became her manager. In 1956, she recorded a single with the Cincinnati-based label Fraternity, which includes two songs she wrote: “Rock a Bop” and “Skull and Crossbones.” By 1957, she had about forty songwriting credits to her name. Moore stood out with her shock of platinum blonde hair, the flashy men’s suits she wore, her confident attitude and her charisma.

She performed across the country at small rock n’ roll shows and toured with rockabilly great Gene Vincent. Until recently, she had a great website where she offered wonderful insights in her “bare bones philosophy,” including that “there is no higher pursuit than the Search for Truth….The universal Truths are the common threads running through all of the levels of life. To discover them and to learn to live in alignment with them is the objective of the seeker of Truth.” She is 85 and still going strong.

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