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

It's something of a shock to witness the great Wanda Jackson, a 61-year-old grandmother who became a born-again Christian in the 1970s, belt out a song like ‘Fujiyama Mama’ - the two minutes of explosive sexuality that Jackson recorded in 1954 and released three years later. “I'm a Fujiyama mama/And I'm just about to blow my top," she howled in Denver this weekend. “And when I start eruptin'/Ain't nobody gonna make me stop.” For years, Jackson refused to sing her wonderful rockabilly hits, incendiary songs like ‘Rock Your Baby’ and ‘Let's Have a Party.’ But her fans insisted, and after consulting with the Lord (and her husband), Jackson relented. Good thing. Jackson, who was discovered in Oklahoma City by honky-tonker Hank Thompson, has always been a great country singer, but it's her rock numbers that endure, even if they didn't sell particularly well back in the 1950s. ~ Rockabilly.net: Wanda Jackson ~ July 20, 1999 © Salon

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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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