The idea for Sparky’s Burgers came to me while I had stopped off for lunch at a local burger franchise. It was early and there weren’t very many people in the place. The floor had a black and white checker pattern, and I imagined the same for table covers. Then my mind wandered to singing waiters and carhops on roller skates. Before I knew it, standing there before me, in my imagination, were the Andrews Sisters singing in three part harmony. And then the words just started flowing from my brain. A famous writer in a TV interview once stated, “When it is difficult to come up with an idea, let the characters in the story tell you which way to go. They know far better than we do.” So I did, and my dream Andrews Sisters sang the song to me. Luckily I had a pen and paper with me and the lyrics just flowed. After a few minutes I had a song. I started working on the pacing, beats per measure per line. Tightened up the rhyme sequence. Moved stanzas around for better story progression. Added to stand out ideas. And after a few days I had a stand up song. That was in the early 2000’s. Around 2014 I recorded it as a solo with a bunch of my other songs. But it needed a full Andrews Sisters treatment.
I have a young coffee shop friend named Steven Leavitt, who happens to be a music producer. About a couple of years or so ago we had started work on a few of my singles and a duet I sang with my friend, the wonderful blues singer, Desiree de la O-Marr. I finally came to realize it was time for Sparky’s Burgers as it was meant to be sung, with three part harmony. Steven said he could take care of the management of the production and put together the live band. But we needed a music arranger, and I suggested Chris Glik who had done a yeoman’s bit of work for me over the years on my earlier albums of songs. Between Steven and Chris the band was put together and the choice of The Satin Dollz was made for the trio. Then on a lovely evening this past March it all came together at Clearlake Studios in North Hollywood, CA. It was a dream come true. Everything was pure magic. I couldn’t have asked for better or more. The names of all the contributing individuals is on the video. Once again I want to thank everyone of these wonderful individuals, who made Sparky’s Burgers really stand out. Thank you all so much for a dream come true.
Jack T. Leyton