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Wanda Jackson – The “Queen of Rockabilly”

Wanda Jackson – The “Queen of Rockabilly”

What a better way to celebrate Woman’s History Month than with some great in your face rockabilly music! Since it’s a time to celebrate, empower and encourage women I chose Wanda Jackson!

Wanda Jackson’s debut single, “You Can’t Have My Love,” reaches the Top 10 and she’s only a sixteen-year-old high school student. She hits the road after graduation, playing package shows with “Carl Perkins”, “Johnny Cash”, “Jerry Lee Lewis”, and “Elvis Presley”, who gave Wanda his ring and asked her to be “his girl.”

With Presley’s encouragement, the Oklahoma native began recording rock music, often releasing singles with country on one side and rock on the other during her decade-and-a-half tenure on Capitol Records.

She showed the world that girls could rock!

Wanda Jackson combined grit with glamour to set a new template for country music’s “girl singers” of the 1950s. Not only did Wanda show the world that girls can rock!  But she also lands more than 30 singles on the country and pop charts between 1954 and 1974.

She’s also a multiple Grammy nominee, a recipient of the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and a 2009 inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  

Wanda Jackson – A Legend of American Music 

She’s known for her energetic stage shows and pioneering presence as a female artist. Wanda storms the charts with a series of hit singles, including “Let’s Have a Party,” “Right or Wrong,” and “In the Middle of a Heartache.” With more than 40+ albums to her credit, proving to be an enduring and genre-defying legend of American music.

She is truly original and a badass! With her big hair and pitch perfect voice, she kicked open doors and didn’t look back!  What she was able to accomplish back in the day in a predominantly male world is truly impressive!  

In 2009, she teams up with Jack White!

How cool is this? Two great artists come together to create something that turns out amazing! While also taking a genre like early rock and rockabilly and giving it a fresh new sound.  

She’s influential to every modern female singer, whether they know about her or not. She broke down those walls in the beginning when it was the hardest to do.Jack White

The album, released in 2011, marks Jackson’s first charting on the Billboard Hot 200 LP chart, peaking at number 58. The album also broke Mae West’s long-standing record for being the oldest female vocalist to make the chart with her 1966 album Way Out West. To promote The Party Ain’t Over, she performs with White on both the “Late Show with David Letterman” and “Conan.” 

Other Collaborations

She has also collaborated with “Elvis Presley”, “the Cramps”, “Jack White”, “Imelda May”, “Hank Thompson”, “Billy Gray”, “Rosie Flores”, “Norma Jean” Joan Jett, and “Adele” on projects to name a few.  At 83 at the time, she’s still proving that no matter what age you are you can still accomplish a lot! While she announces her retirement at one point, she comes back to work on an album with Joan Jett that was released in 2021.

For more information on this iconic woman, check out: http://www.wandajackson.com/  You can also read her book:  ‘Every Night Is Saturday Night: A Country Girl’s Journey To The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame”

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Video Credits:

Hard Headed Woman – Kevin Hobbs, Thunder on The Mountain – Official TMR, Two Shots – Wanda Jackson

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