Spotlight Photo – January 22, 2013

spotlight-12_09_12PicoftheWeekRockabilly Heaven Spain in 2009 – (previously 9/12/12)

Joe Sonny West on-stage November 1st at the Ubangi Stomp Festival which is held each year in Benidorm, Spain in the ballroom of the Gran Bali Hotel. The town is a hot vacation spot located on the Mediterranean Sea. Sonny, looking cool with his stage jacket and shades, is playing his Silverton Fastback guitar and being backed by Uncle Charlie’s band. Sonny received a BMI Songwriter Award for “Oh Boy.” This prestigious award is presented by Broadcast Music Incorporated when a song receives one million airplays. “All my love, all my kissin’, you don’t know what you’ve been missin’, Oh Boy, when you’re with me, Oh Boy, I want the world to see, that you were meant for me.” Recorded in Clovis, NM at Norman Petty’ Studios by The Crickets and then released as a 45 RPM record on the Brunswick label # 55035 the song climbed to #13 on the Cash Box Singles Charts on 11-16-57 and on 11-25-57 reached #10 in Billboard staying around for 20 weeks. “Oh Boy” continues today being one of Buddy Holly’s most requested and popular songs. Every time it’s played on the radio or on national TV…Sonny receives a royalty check. Sonny lives in Abilene, Texas.