Wanda Jackson

Born Oct 20, 1937

Wanda Lavonne Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist who had success in the mid-1950s and 1960s as one of the first popular female rockabilly singers and a pioneering rock and roll artist. She is known to many as the Queen (or First Lady) of Rockabilly. Jackson mixed country music with fast-moving rockabilly, often recording them on opposite sides of a record.… Read More

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  • Sacramento Music Festival Erases Red Ink With Cost Cuts, Popular Acts
    The Sacramento Bee - Sep 03, 2013
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    NPR - Jul 08, 2013
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    Seattle Pi - Feb 09, 2013


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Wanda Jackson.


1937 Birth Jackson was born to Tom Robert Jackson and Nellie Vera Jackson (December 19, 1913 – January 14, 2011) in Maud, Oklahoma, in 1937, but has lived much of her life in Oklahoma City. … Read More
1948 10 Years Old In 1948, when she was 11, the family moved back to Oklahoma. … Read More


1954 16 Years Old Jackson began her professional career while still attending Capitol Hill High School in Oklahoma City after being discovered by Hank Thompson in 1954, who heard her singing on local station KLPR-AM and invited her to perform with his band, the Brazos Valley Boys. … Read More
1955 17 Years Old 1 More Event
She was a cast member of ABC-TV's Ozark Jubilee in Springfield, Missouri from 1955 to 1960, and in 1956 she signed with Capitol, recording a number of singles mixing country with rock and roll. "I Gotta Know", released in 1956, peaked at No. 15. … Read More


1959 21 Years Old She toured Japan in February and March 1959.
1960 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1960, Jackson had a Top 40 pop hit with "Let's Have a Party", a song Presley had cut three years earlier. … Read More
1961 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Her 1961 and 1962 albums, Right or Wrong and Wonderful Wanda, featured her two top ten country hits from 1961.
1963 25 Years Old In 1963, Jackson recorded a final album titled Two Sides of Wanda, which included both rock and roll and country music, including a cover of Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On". … Read More
1965 27 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1965, Jackson was focusing more exclusively on traditional country music as rockabilly declined in popularity, and had a string of Top 40 hits during the next ten years. … Read More
1967 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1967, she recorded two albums, and released a string of singles during the next few years that often asserted a fiery and violent persona, including 1969's "My Big Iron Skillet", a top 20 hit which threatened death or assault for cheating on a spouse.


1970 32 Years Old In 1970 and 1971, she had her final top 20 country hits with "A Woman Lives for Love" (her second Grammy nomination) and "Fancy Satin Pillows".
1972 34 Years Old She began recording gospel songs and albums, including 1972's Praise the Lord on Capitol. … Read More


1984 46 Years Old Now embracing her rock 'n' roll history, Jackson released a 1984 album titled Rockabilly Fever (later issued by Rounder Records as Rock N' Roll Your Blues Away in 1986), her first secular album in a decade and her first recording of rock music in over twenty years. … Read More
1987 49 Years Old Jackson recorded a duet with Browne on a 1987 album release by Browne and in 1995, she sang two duets with Flores on her 1995 album, Rockabilly Filly, and then embarked on a United States tour with her, her first American tour since the 1970s. … Read More


2002 - 2009 4 More Events
Jackson appeared on the BBC's Hootenanny at the end of 2010, performing her version of "Let's Have a Party" and a cover of the Amy Winehouse song "You Know I'm No Good" with Jools Holland and his orchestra.
2011 73 Years Old The following year, after Winehouse's death, she took part in an Amy Winehouse tribute performance with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings at the VH1 Divas Live 2011. … Read More
2013 75 Years Old In 2013 she was inducted into the Iowa Rock And Roll Music Association (IRRMA) Hall Of Fame in the category "Women Who Rock." … Read More
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