It’s very important to acknowledge the people who made being fabulous part of every day life and today’s Sparkle Video features such a man. A man who bucked the trends of his genre and truly lived, breathed, performed and dressed “More is More”. This footage shows Little Richard singing “Good Golly Miss Molly” wearing one of his dazzling mirror-tiled ensembles (and I say “one of”‘ because it’s certainly not his only one). We can also bask in adoration of his raven colored pompadour, dark eyeliner and trademark thin mustache that became his trademark look. I’m not sure, but I think this is from around 1973, a few years before disco fashion came to be, but surely Little Richard and his glittering style must have had influence on dance floors everywhere. It’s no wonder we love both kinds of music!
When you love both kinds of music, rock n’ roll and disco, there was no greater time to be alive than the late 70’s when the most glorious thing happened- “the crossover”. Many rock artists including Blondie, The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Ian Dury & The Blockheads and KISS all released tracks with a disco beat and made it their own, which brings me to today’s Sparkle Video. In the 1999 movie “Detroit Rock City” set in 1978, the main character in the film is a devoted member of the KISS Army and proudly declares his hatred of disco and also states that “one thing we know for sure is that KISS will never make a disco record”, which of course is hilarious because boy did they ever! “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” went Platinum in 1979 and also gave fabulous opportunity for Paul, Ace, Peter and Gene to show off their bedazzled space monster gear.