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Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones: What The Heck! - The Complete Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones (CD)
- With this CD album 'What The Heck!' by Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones, Bear Family Records® presents the complete recordings of the early rockers from Spartanburg, South Carolina, a decade later one of the strongholds of Southern Rock.
- They were all young teenagers when they made rock 'n' roll history in 1957 with Black Slacks, a true rock smash and chart success!
- Bennett played a rousing lead guitar and sang in tandem with rhythm guitarist Howard 'Sparky' Childress; bassist Wayne Arthur and drummer Jimmy 'Sticks' Denton formed the powerful rhythm section.
- The previously released 10"LP on Bear Family (BAF14013) features a selection of Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones' rockers - this CD now delivers everything, from their earliest recordings through the rare '65 ABC single and the recordings released on Spanish EPs in 1964, to an appearance on Nat 'King' Cole's TV program.
- Carefully restored recordings; extensive liner notes by Chicago music journalist and historian Bill Dahl tell the story of this young band.
The 10-inch LP collects the very best of the group’s ABC-Paramount and Paris sides, while the CD follows Joe and the Sparkletones from their debut single through everything they ever cut and then some, including their hard-to-find ’65 ‘comeback’ single on ABC, the contents of several 1964 EPs that Joe waxed in Spain while he was in the Air Force, The Sparkletones’ historic ’57 appearance on Nat ‘King’ Cole’s TV program, and Billy and Eddie’s The King Is Coming Back, a 1959 rarity that Bennett co-wrote about Elvis’ impending return from the Army but didn’t sing. Curiosity on the side: the 1964 recordings feature drummer Mickey Hart, later one of the percussionists of the cult band The Grateful Dead.
Pull on your Black Slacks and commence to dancing with Joe Bennett and The Sparkletones!
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|Bennett, Joe & The Sparkletones - What The Heck! - The Complete Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones (CD) CD 1|
|01||Black Slacks||Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones|
|02||Boppin' Rock Boogie||Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones|
|03||Penny Loafers And Bobby Sox||Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones|
|04||Rocket||Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones|
|05||Let's Go Rock And Roll||Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones|
|06||Number One On My Love List||Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones|
|07||Cotton Pickin' Rocker||Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones|
|08||I Dig You Baby||Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones|
|09||Maybe Baby||Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones|
|10||Little Turtle||Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones|
|11||We've Had It||Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones|
|12||Do The Stop||Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones|
|13||Late Again||Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones|
|14||Late Again (alternate version)||Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones|
|15||Bayou Rock||Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones|
|16||Beautiful One||Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones|
|17||Boys Do Cry||Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones|
|18||Boys Do Cry (alternate version)||Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones|
|19||What The Heck||Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones|
|20||Are You From Dixie||Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones|
|21||Softly||Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones|
|22||No Esta Bien (She's A Fool)||Karina Con Los Jaguars|
|23||La Misma Playa||Karina Con Los Jaguars|
|24||Hully Gully Boy||Karina Con Los Jaguars|
|25||Vaya Vaya (Lawdy, Lawdy)||Karina Con Los Jaguars|
|26||Si Tuviera Un Martillo (If I Had A Hammer)||Joe & The Jaguars|
|27||La Hora||Joe & The Jaguars|
|28||Kansas City||Joe & The Jaguars|
|29||Memphis||Joe & The Jaguars|
|30||De Nada||Joe Bennett|
|31||La Cancion Del Gato Tom (The Tom Cat Song)||Joe Bennett|
|32||Toodle Oo||Joe Bennett|
|33||Osito De Trapo (The Teddy Bear Song)||Joe Bennett|
|34||Run Rabbit, Run||Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones|
|35||Well Dressed Man||Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones|
|36||The King Is Coming Back||Billy & Eddie|
|37||Rocket (Nat King Cole Show)||Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones|
|38||Black Slacks (Nat King Cole Show)||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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The complete Joe Bennett!
This is the first release of all the recordings made by Joe Bennett and covers the years 1957 to '65 for the ABC (1957-58, 1965), Paris (1959-60) and Spanish Hispavox (1964) labels. In addition to Joe on vocals and guitar, Howard Childress (vocals/guitar), Wayne Arthur (bass) and Jimmy Denton (drums), Joe and Howard sang a duet. Joe Bennett and the Sparkletones hailed from Spartansburg, South Carolina, and got their big break in the summer of 1957 with the song "Black Slacks" with "Boppin' Rock Boogie" on the back cover. The album was released on ABC-9837 and peaked at number 17 on the Billboard chart where it stayed for 19 weeks. The follow-up "Penny Loafers and Bobby Slacks"/"Rocket" reached #42 and was on the chart for only 8 weeks before dropping out. The group had four more singles on ABC before going to the Paris label where they got their first release in March 1959 with "Bayou Rock"/"Beau- tiful One" which didn't stir up much dust, and the sequel "Boys Do Cry"/"What The Heck" reached #119 in September. A final Paris 45 came in 1960. The recordings on Hispavox were made while Bennett was serving Uncle Sam in the Air Force in Spain. The accompanying booklet has a good text with session discography and a lot of nice pictures. For information, we can tell you that Bear Family has also issued a ten-inch vinyl LP "Cotton Pickin' Rockers" with fourteen tracks (BAF-14013).
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