Note: I really only need one photo, but being a dirty old man, I couldn't resist including the second one. - C.H.
Her 'Influences from her myspace page: Elvis, Eddie Cochran, Johnny&Dorsey Burnette, Dean Martin, Ann-Margret, Marty Robbins, Ricky Nelson, Chris Isaak, Julie London, Ray Price, Patsy Cline, Faron Young, Waylon, Hank Williams, Red Foley, Lefty Frizzell, Hank Snow, Don Gibson, Trini Lopez, the Inkspots, The Big O, The Everlys, The Platters, The Coasters, Guy Mitchell, Carl Perkins, Glenn Miller, Doris Day, Peggy Lee, Ruth Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Wynonna, Dolly Parton, Mahalia Jackson, Dinah Shore, Slim Whitman, Buck Owens, James Burton, Scotty Moore, Buddy Holly, Darrel Higham, Brian Setzer, Stray Cats, Jerry Reed, Chet Atkins, Django Reinhardt, traditional South-American music, Trio Los Panchos, Edmundo Ros, Louis Prima, Johnny Cash, Cowboy Jack Clement, Billy Fury, Bob Luman, Pat Cupp, Miss Wanda Jackson, Marco Di Maggio, NuNiles, Dave Gonzalez, the list goes on
Moreno and her Stars take you on a flight through the forties, fifties and sixties of the last century and create their own sentimental journey. Without any trouble, rough rockabilly and pure rock 'n roll gets sweetened with smooth latin, blues, jazz and country.
by Charles Hurley
EPMS: How many languages do you speak?
Sue Moreno: Dutch - of course! - English, Spanish, German, French.
EPMS: You are located in the Netherlands, but your last name is Moreno. Where did the 'Moreno' come from? I.e., is someone in your family tree from Spain or another latin country?
Sue Moreno: I have Spanish roots and I have family in Chile but I have to admit that Moreno is my stage name that me and my stylist picked out when releasing my first album! My Dutch name doesn't sound that well across the border.. We wanted to add a latin and Hollywood touch to it.
EPMS: El Paso is right on the Mexican border, so there is a lot of Spanish spoken here. What are your influences for the Spanish-language music you sing?
Sue Moreno: I have been to El Paso once and I loved the fact that there are a lot of Spanish people there, I had a great time in that town! I LOVE traditional Mexican and South American music. Going from Trio Los Panchos and Eydie Gorme to my dear friend Trini Lopez and Los Lobos to Lola Beltran. I also love to listen to Flamenco music as I dance Flamenco as well. And Spanish groups like the Gypsy Kings.
EPMS: Most of your influences listed are from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. How did that happen? Did you grow up on a deserted island where that was all the music available?
Sue Moreno: I grew up with a father with tons of music! I was raised on rock n roll! I first fell in love with Elvis when I was very little, then I started to explore more and more from that era and his influences.
EPMS: I'd forgetten about Eydie Gorme doing Spanish. I remember she used to do a Vegas act with her husband, Steve Lawrence. I used to see him on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson all the time.
You should check out Jose Alfredo Jimenez and Javier Solis.
Sue Moreno: Yes, I know Eydie did that too- but her work with Trio Los Panchos is incredible. I dont know much about her other stuff, actually! Today I bought some compilation albums with the artists you mentioned on it-
EPMS: OK, just one more question: What are your top three Elvis tunes, and top Patsy Cline tune?
Sue Moreno: My top 3 Elvis tunes? Depending on my mood, there are too many good songs! I love Way Down, A Mess of Blues; I Want you, I Need you, I love you..; If I can Dream..; Memories; A Big Hunk o' Love. The whole Elvis is Back! album and Pot Luck are my all time favorites too. Sorry I can't give you just three!
Patsy.. hard too! Sweet Dreams maybe.
EPMS: Thanks a lot, see you at your show!
Sue Moreno: See you soon! All the best, Sue