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Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones: Cotton Pickin' Rockers (LP, 10inch, 45rpm, ltd.)

1-LP 10inch vinyl, 14 tracks. Total playing time approx. 28 min.

  • The first vinyl disc on Bear Family Records® featuring early rockers from Spartanburg, South Carolina - one of the strongholds of Southern rock more than a decade later with the Marshall Tucker Band.
  • Joe Bennett and The Sparkletones made rock and roll history as teenagers back in 1957 with Black Slacks, a true rock smash and hit success!
  • In addition to their trademark record, we've selected thirteen more rocking highlights from the band's repertoire for our 10inch vinyl LP, including some scarcer recordings.
  • Carefully mastered and adequately journalistically accompanied with liner notes by Bill Dahl.

They started rocking young during the ‘50s down in Spartanburg, South Carolina. None of the four members in Joe Bennett and The Sparkletones were past their mid-teens (Bennett’s diminutive vocal partner and rhythm guitarist Howard ‘Sparky’ Childress was all of 14) when they roared up the hit parade in 1957 with their blistering rocker Black Slacks. That youthful vigor defined everything the band cut for the ABC-Paramount and Paris labels. 

Bear Family Records®’ new 10-inch album collects the young band’s hottest rockers, including their signature smash as well as its flip Boppin’ Rock Boogie; a sizzling encore pairing Penny Loafers And Bobby Socks and Rocket; the follow-ups Cotton Pickin’ Rocker, Little Turtle, and We’ve Had It, and three ABC gems that didn’t see light of day at the time. Bennett, whose sparkling lead guitar was a primary ingredient in his band’s sound, and his crew moved over to Jack Gold’s New York-based Paris logo in 1959; that’s where their Bayou Rock and What The Heck emerged. The ’65 ABC one-off Well Dressed Man proved the reunited Sparkletones had no problem keeping up with the times. Pull on your Black Slacks and get ready to rock with Joe Bennett and The Sparkletones!

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  • Interpret: Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones

  • Album titlle: Cotton Pickin' Rockers (LP, 10inch, 45rpm, ltd.)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Preiscode BAF
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Geschwindigkeit 45 U/min
  • Vinyl record size LP (10 inch)
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 4000127140135

  • weight in Kg 0.35
Bennett, Joe & The Sparkletones - Cotton Pickin' Rockers (LP, 10inch, 45rpm, ltd.) LP 1
01 Rocket Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones
02 Black Slacks Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones
03 Bayou Rock Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones
04 Let's Go Rock & Roll Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones
05 What The Heck Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones
06 I Dig You Baby Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones
07 Maybe Baby Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones
08 Cotton Pickin' Rocker Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones
09 Little Turtle Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones
10 Well Dressed Man Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones
11 Penny Loafers And Bobby Sox Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones
12 Number One On My Love List Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones
13 Boppin' Rock Boogie Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones
14 Late Again (alternate version) Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones
Joe Bennett and The Sparkletones Joe Bennett and The Sparkletones were only in their mid-teens... more
"Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones"

Joe Bennett and The Sparkletones

Joe Bennett and The Sparkletones were only in their mid-teens when they came blasting out of Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1957, chock full of vim and vigor and ready to conquer the pop hit parade. Their extreme youth was no deterrent to immediate success; when Black Slacks, the brash rockabilly quartet’s debut single for ABCParamount Records, took off up the charts that autumn, they were polished enough to knock the audience dead on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ CBSTV’s top-rated Sunday evening variety program. With Bennett (born February 21, 1940) on vocals and lead guitar, Howard Childress (born April 21, 1943) on vocals and rhythm guitar (the two sang in tandem on most of the group’s recordings, with Sparky’s high-pitched harmonies, hiccupping yelps, and fleet dancing feet onstage adding a singular weapon to their considerable arsenal), Wayne Arthur slapping upright bass, and harddriving drummer Jimmy Denton, Joe and The Sparkletones could heat any stage up to the boiling point.

The band formed in 1955, ranging in age from 12 to 16. “It originally started out as a group called The Jamborettes, which had several members,” says Denton. “Had some girls, dancers. It was just a little neighborhood gathering. They’d put on a show on Saturday night in their neighbor’s front yard, and people would drive up there in their cars, like the drive-in movies, and watch the performances. Which you can imagine what it was like, with a bunch of kids.” Bennett and Arthur grew up just down the road from one another. “We were always good friends in grammar school,” says Wayne. “We both went to Cannons Elementary.” He remembers Joe hosting “a Saturday night jamboree in his front yard. And I’d go down there and watch. And he asked me one time to sing, and I said, ‘Yeah, I’ll do that!’ So every Saturday night, a bunch of us kids would get together.

Cars would come by, stop on the side of the road. We’d pass around a hat and do that. And we did that for a couple of years. I think I was about nine when we started that. “Then we met up with Jimmy Denton and Howard Childress. We met Jimmy through school. And Howard was much younger than we were. We met him at a talent show here in Spartanburg, so he came with us. I didn’t play anything at the time, so we had two guitars and drums, and Joe told me, he said, ‘We need a bass man!’ So I told my dad, and my dad said, ‘Okay,’” he continues. “We went to a music store and he bought me a bass fiddle. And I went and took enough lessons to learn where everything was, and we started The Sparkletones.” “It was fun, and it just kind of morphed into the four of us,” says Jimmy. “Actually, I say five, because we had a female vocalist at one time. But when things got to where we were able to travel— back in those days, it was different than it is these days. So unfortunately, we had to let her stay home. Which was not the best thing that we wanted to do, but it was just a necessity.”

Bennett and Arthur grew up in a community near Spartanburg known as Cannons Campground. “During the Revolutionary War, Colonel Cannon had a camp out here in the area where I live. So when they started building homes and farms and doing stuff, they decided to call it Cannons Campground,” says Wayne. “It was less than a mile from my house to his house. We both went to Cannons Elementary.” Howard hailed from nearby Clifton. “It wasn’t a town, it was just a community,” explains Wayne. Jimmy came from neighboring Cowpens. “Cowpens is about five or six miles out of Spartanburg,” he notes. Everyone in the band went to Cowpens High School...


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10 Sep 2023

Another rockabilly gem

This is another example of a wonderful Bear Family record. The original version of Black Slacks, together with a lot of similarly exciting songs from a group of teenagers. Amazing how fresh the music sounds more than 60 years later! I just love how Bear Family keeps producing such well-packaged LPs. Just keep therm coming!

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Tracklist
Bennett, Joe & The Sparkletones - Cotton Pickin' Rockers (LP, 10inch, 45rpm, ltd.) LP 1
01 Rocket
02 Black Slacks
03 Bayou Rock
04 Let's Go Rock & Roll
05 What The Heck
06 I Dig You Baby
07 Maybe Baby
08 Cotton Pickin' Rocker
09 Little Turtle
10 Well Dressed Man
11 Penny Loafers And Bobby Sox
12 Number One On My Love List
13 Boppin' Rock Boogie
14 Late Again (alternate version)