Featured Artist for October, Joe Bennett

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2012


Joe BennettJoe Bennett is currently a Bass and Guitar Teacher at Roper Music in Spartanburg, S. C.  His music career began when he formed the famous 1950’s band, Joe Bennett and the Sparkletones.

Joe Bennett and the Sparkletones launched their music career as a 1950’s teenage rock 'n roll band from Spartanburg, SC.  All four
band members were students at Cowpens High School, where they debuted their first public performances.  The band members are:
Joe Bennett, (lead vocalist, lead guitarist), Howard Childress, (vocalist, guitarist), Wayne Arthur, (vocalist, bassist), and Jimmy Denton, (drummer).

Winning the CBS talent contest in 1956, at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, accelerated the fame of  Joe Bennett and the Sparkletones and eventually landed them a Performance Contract with Paramount Theater and a Music Recording and Music Publishing contract with ABC Paramount in New York City.

The band’s biggest hit seller, “Black Slacks”, charted Billboard with a number 17 pop hit in 1957.  It was performed in the Walt Disney movie, “Rescuers Down Under”, Starring John Candy, and “Crazy Mama” starring Cloris Leachman.  Their second biggest hit, “Penny Loafers and Bobby Socks”, charted # 42 on Billboard.

Some of the most highlighted performances for Joe Bennett and the Sparkletones include:  Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour, twice on the Ed Sullivan Show, Nat King Cole Show, several times on Dick Clark's American Bandstand, and twice on the Alan Freed Show.  During a 13 week show at the Royal Nevada Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, the band was pleasantly surprised with a visit from Elvis Presley, who attended their concert and then honored them with his presence in their dressing room for a photo session.

After 50 plus years, Joe Bennett and the Sparkletones are still “Rockin’ and Rolling”.  In April 2011, they will be performing at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend Show at The Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Listen to Joe Bennet and the Sparkletones music here

For more information, contact:  joe@joebennettandthesparkletones.com.

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