Wanda Jackson, singer
birth name: Wanda Jean Jackson

Wanda Jackson

October 20, 1937, Maud, OK

Wanda Jackson was only halfway through high school when, in 1954, country singer Hank Thompson heard her on an Oklahoma City radio show and asked her to record with his band, the Brazos Valley Boys. ~ Allmusic: Wanda Jackson ~ retrieved April 19, 2014 © Allmusic

A groundbreaking performer in two genres, Wanda Jackson's early rockabilly style burned with hot-tempered sexuality and continues to inspire such modern rockabillies as Marti Brom, Rosie Flores, and Kim Lenz. When the market for southern-fried rock 'n' roll dried up during the twist era, she forged a substantial career in country music long before rock contemporaries Conway Twitty or Jerry Lee Lewis made a similar switch. Roy Clark summed up her influence in his 1994 autobiography My Life in Spite Of Myself, “Wanda was more than just a great singer, she was an inspiration to a whole generation of singers. Brenda Lee and Tanya Tucker are just two among the many whose style has been influenced by her.” ~ Musicianguide: Wanda Jackson ~ retrieved April 19, 2014 © Musicianguide

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October 20, 1979 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (7) M, Pop Muzik ~ #2 (1) Michael Jackson, Don't Stop 'Til You Get Get Enough ~ #1 (2) Herb Alpert, Rise


Wanda Jackson ~ Inducted in the 2008 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ With encouragement from Elvis Presley, who she met while on a package tour in 1955, Jackson moved in the direction of rock and roll. “You should be doing this kind of music,” he advised her. Her early singles for Capitol Records, to which she signed in 1956, typically consisted of a country song and a rock and roll number. Jackson’s rockabilly recordings - including such red-hot Fifties sides as ‘Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad,’ ‘Rock Your Baby,’ ‘Mean Mean Man’ and ‘Honey Bop’ - are among the greatest ever made, regardless of gender. These rocking sides featured renowned country-music accompanists such as Buck Owens (rhythm guitar) and Ralph Mooney (pedal steel). ~ 2008 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

In 2012, three Wanda Jackson albums made it to the #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time ~ #430 There's A Party Going On (1959) ~ #323 Rockin' With Wanda (1960) ~ #14 Wanda Jackson (1958)

Wanda Jackson ~ Let's Have A Party! (Robinson) ~ Ranked #20 NME 100 Best Songs Of The 1950s in 2012 ~ Another Elvis classic recorded for the movie Loving You, it was also laid down by rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson in ’60 and used on the soundtrack for Dead Poet’s Society. ~ 2012 © NME

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