Wanda Jackson
American singer
Wanda Jackson
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.
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Cindy Lauper and Gavin DeGraw Headline Concert Honoring Military Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families, Airing Thanksgiving Weekend
Yahoo News - 3 months
CHICAGO, Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Active members of the military, veterans and their families will be honored over Thanksgiving weekend during America Salutes You, a star-studded musical spectacular asking viewers for their financial support of programs that assist military communities across the country.Concert performers include pop legend Cyndi Lauper, multi -platinum selling singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw, country music legend Wanda Jackson, rapper Hoodie Allen, Gospel Grammy winner CeCe Winans, world-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns, and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs. ...
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Sacramento Music Festival erases red ink with cost cuts, popular acts
The Sacramento Bee - over 3 years
The Memorial Day weekend music festival known for decades in Sacramento as the Dixieland Jazz Jubilee may have found its footing with a more diverse lineup of musicians, headliner acts and a new concert venue, organizers say. Country singer Wanda Jackson performs at this year's four-day Sacramento Music Festival, which revised its programming.
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Wanda Jackson On Mountain Stage
NPR - over 3 years
The Queen of Rockabilly performs songs from a 40-year catalog. Jackson began her career in high school but soon found herself touring with the likes of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, who encouraged her to perform rock 'n' roll. Last month, she released her 31st studio album, Unfinished Business. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Music Review: Wanda Jackson - The Best of the Classic Capitol Singles
Seattle Pi - about 4 years
Music Review: Wanda Jackson - The Best of the Classic Capitol Singles Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 5:21 am, Saturday, February 9, 2013 What Capitol did for a long time was to put a rock song on the A-side of a single, and a country song on the B-side. While many of the country songs were not particularly memorable, Jackson also does a great job on "Right or Wrong" and "In the Middle of a Heartache," which are still country music standards. [...] there are so many gems among both the songs that have become classics and the lesser-known songs like "You Bug Me Bad," and "Rock Your Baby" that a few less-than-stellar numbers don't really detract from the value of the collection. Once you get over the whiplash from the rapidly changing, drastically different styles, you can appreciate the immense ta ...
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Don't Count Out Wanda Jackson
Voice of America - about 4 years
Singer Wanda Jackson shared the stage with Elvis Presley in the 1950s and young rockers still cite the rockabilly star as a major influence. And Jackson’s new CD shows she’s got a lot of “Unfinished Business” to attend to. Jackson celebrated her 75th birthday in a style befitting a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: by releasing the brand new album. “Unfinished Business” is her 31st CD.  It kicks off with the scorching “Tore Down,” originally recorded by Texas Bluesman Freddie ...
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Spend That Money!
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
Our favorite Record Store Day exclusive releases. by The Mercury Music Experts Dream Team™ OKAY, OKAY—Black Friday is a horrible concept, responsible for such atrocities as: camping in Walmart parking lots, Bumpits, tramplings, and cherry cordials. But you know and I know that your crocheted pencil warmers and hand-whittled crucifixes are going to take WAY longer to make than you thought they would, and let's face it... music (music) makes the people (makes the people) come together (yeah). Record Store Day usually happens in April, but to stimulate your seasonal shopaholicism, record labels have started producing extra-collectible editions of beloved rare releases exclusively for the shoppingest shopping day of the year. Take a look at what we think is worth trampling your fellow consumer for this year. THE SHINS, No Way Down Naysayers, in addition to saying "nay," have been saying it's not the same since frontman James Mercer r ...
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Wanda Jackson On Mountain Stage
NPR - over 4 years
The Queen of Rockabilly performs songs from a 40-year catalog. Jackson began her career in high school but soon found herself touring with the likes of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, who encouraged her to perform rock 'n' roll. Last month, she released her 31st studio album, Unfinished Business. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Video: Wanda Jackson has some "Unfinished Business"
CBS News - over 4 years
Longtime Rock 'n' roll legend Wanda Jackson has opened for everyone from Elvis to Adele. She talks to Anthony Mason about her long career and her new CD, "Unfinished Business."
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Album review: Wanda Jackson, 'Unfinished Business'
Chicago Times - over 4 years
3 stars (out of 4)
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Kevin Bryan’s record review
Buxton Advertiser - over 4 years
THE Pet Shop Boys and Wanda Jackson feature in Kevin Bryan’s latest records review.
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Music Review: Janis Martin - The Blanco Sessions
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
Music Review: Janis Martin - The Blanco Sessions Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 4:54 p.m., Friday, August 24, 2012 While only 15 years old, Martin was already a ten year veteran of the country music circuit, having begun her singing career at the age of five. [...] alongside Wanda Jackson and then later Brenda Lee, Martin was one of only a few female rockers in a largely male domain. Flores ultimately produced a series of recording sessions for Martin in 2007, and the 11 basic tracks were completed just six months before Martin's death from lung cancer on September 3, 2007, at the age of 67. From the opening honking saxes a la Boots Randolf kick off As Long As I'm Movin' to the juke joint blues of Roll Around Rockin', Oh Lonesome Me, and the wheezing harmonica of Walk Softly On This Heart Of Min ...
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Rock Out With History's Most Visionary Female Rock Stars
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Early 20th century French composer Nadia Boulanger once said: "A great work of art is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty." It is safe to say the first ladies of rock-n-roll were no classical composers, shoving obedience to the side as they pursued their own ways to be free in a field dominated by men. Scroll down for images. Patti Smith's boots. Whether a pair of studded combat boots or a studded corset, the icons of rock's female visionaries create an alternative timeline that sparkles, quite literally. A new exhibition entitled "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power," will honor the women who blazed the trail for rockers and feminists alike, beginning with those who made a place for women in the music industry, and ending with the ones who eventually took it over. From Billie Holiday to Britney Spears, the show will revisit doo-wop girls, pop princesses, punk rockers, soul queens, rockabilly crooners and a whole lot more. "Women Who Rock" will expl ...
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One big family at Ventura's Johnny Cash festival
LATimes - over 4 years
Wanda Jackson headlines the Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash festival Saturday in Ventura, which includes the Man in Black's country star stepdaughter, Carlene Carter. Being the only all-female Johnny Cash tribute band in the world is bound to raise a few eyebrows, or perhaps in this case a few black cowboy hats. "We have people coming up to us all the time asking how can girls sing that low," laughs Suzi Fray, lead singer and guitarist for the Johnnys, a trio who are on their first trip to the U.S. from their home base of Nelson, New Zealand.
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Wanda Jackson To Perform at Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp, July 27
Nashville Scene - almost 5 years
The legendary Wanda Jackson should need no introduction around these parts — but here's an introduction if you need one. She did… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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WJBC's Music Friday: Jack White Playlist
WJBC - almost 5 years
Since Jim is off  watching the Black Keys perform is St. Louis, it’s just Kim Wells and me on this Friday afternoon.   The timing is perfect – now I can celebrate the release of Jack White’s first solo album (Blunderbuss was released Tuesday) with a special edition of WJBC’s Music Friday without his snarky remarks about me having a man-crush on Mr. White. Follow along with us this afternoon as we feature music produced, written and/or performed by Jack White.   Capping the playlist at 15 is a little like limiting yourself to 15 Beatles songs, but there’s only room for so much bumper music in a four-hour talk show.  Here’s the playlist: Jack White – Love Interruption, the first single for the new album Blunderbuss The White Stripes – The Hardest Button to Button, from Elephant.    The Simpsons spoofed this video on an episode in which Jack and Meg White appeared. Loretta Lynn – Portland, Oregon (production and guitar by Jack White).    From Lynn’s 2004 Album Van Lear Rose, w ...
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Jack White Tells MTV News: ‘Dance Music Doesn’t Have a Life to It’ — Exclusive Video
Misformusic - almost 5 years
Filed under: News, Video, Exclusive, RPM, New Music, Down the Front!, New Releases Third Man Records Jack White's the busiest man in show business, having played in the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, and the Dead Weather, produced records for the likes of Wanda Jackson and Loretta Lynn, and shepherded the recording careers of ex-wife Karen Elson and total witches the Black Belles all on top of owning and operating Third Man Records. If that's not enough, he's got his own solo album out called Blunderbuss. Don't, however, expect him to go all Skrillex and put out a dubstep remix record any time soon, though. In an exclusive-to-Spinner video courtesy of MTV Canada -- an excerpt from the 30-minute MTV NEWS PRESENTS: JACK WHITE special airing March 27, which also includes Insane Clown Posse discussing what it's like to work with White -- the now-solo star says that computer music just isn't his thing. "Dance music just doesn't have a life to it," White tells Spinner. Whi ...
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Album review: Jack White's 'Blunderbuss'
LATimes - almost 5 years
The first line of “Blunderbuss,” the debut solo album by former White Stripes singer-guitarist Jack White, arrives with a lyrical punch in the face: “I was in the shower, so I could not tell my nose was bleeding,” he sings. After such a greeting, one can’t help but wonder about the journey ahead. How will the 36-year-old fare over the next 13 songs when he’s already drawn his own blood?  Bodily concerns aside, White is a wonderfully creative historian who over the last 15 years has built an expanding empire — and a few distinctive bands — as a means to shine a light on American music. With the Stripes, he and drummer Meg White channeled blues riffs through DIY punk rock energy; as part of the four-man Raconteurs, he helps generate heavy power pop; and with the Dead Weather, he drums as Kills vocalist Alison Mosshart moans the blues.  He’s also done production work for, among others, Loretta Lynn and Wanda Jackson, and he runs a record label and store called Third Man. White’s a re ...
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Tonight in Music: Horse Feathers, Y La Bamba, Wanda Jackson and more
The Portland Mercury - almost 5 years
HORSE FEATHERS, WEINLAND, PETOSKEY (Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) Read our article on Horse Feathers. Y LA BAMBA, RAVENNA WOODS, DEATH SONGS (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article on Y La Bamba. SOUL'D OUT MUSIC FESTIVAL: WANDA JACKSON, SALLIE FORD AND THE SOUND OUTSIDE, LARRY AND HIS FLASK (Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Oh my, isn't this a delightful pairing! Bad-girl legend Wanda Jackson and the Dusty 45s meet the charmingly brassy Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside for a rousing good time at the ol' Roseland. You bet your Fujiyama Mama, this is going to be a swinging set from some good-time gals. COURTNEY FERGUSON [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside's European Tour Video
The Portland Mercury - almost 5 years
This weekend Sallie Ford is on a bill with Wanda Jackson, which is about as inspired a pairing as it gets. That show takes place tomorrow night (Saturday, April 21) at the Roseland as part of the bogglingly diverse Soul'd Out Music Festival, with Jackson & Ford (I'm telling you, those two names together just resonate) offering a vintage rockabilly edge to the festival's lineup. So here's a new video from Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside for the song "This Crew." It was shot during the band's recent European tour; they're huge over there—particularly in France, where Ford's brassy voice and the Sound Outside's jazzy, rocking sound must seem exotically American, like a pair of blue jeans worn by Jerry Lewis himself. This treated footage of Ford and crew traipsing along the cobblestone streets and churches of Olde Europe, set to their defiantly New World music, feels weirdly timeless, like it could have been shot by vacationing Americans in the '50s or ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Wanda Jackson
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 75
    In 2013 she was inducted into the Iowa Rock And Roll Music Association (IRRMA) Hall Of Fame in the category "Women Who Rock."
    More Details Hide Details In 1964, Ronnie Dove took Wanda's "Right Or Wrong" to No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • 2011
    Age 73
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Wanda released her thirty-first studio album Unfinished Business (2012) on Sugar Hill Records. The album goes back to her rockabilly and country roots and was produced by Americana singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle. The album became Jackson's first in 39 years to make the Billboard Hot Country LPs charts.
  • 2010
    Age 72
    Jackson's "Funnel of Love" is a popular song amongst rock bands, being covered by the English rock band The Fall on its 2010 album Your Future Our Clutter, by the band The Young Veins for its 2010 album Take a Vacation! as a bonus MP3 track when bought on Amazon.com, by Social Distortion lead singer Mike Ness on his 1999 album Under the Influences, by the Welsh psychobilly band Demented Are Go on their 1999 album Hellucifernation, by American indie folk band Mutual Benefit on the compilation album Mad Love In Crazy Times, as well as Southern Culture on the Skids' 2007 album Countrypolitan Favorites.
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    On September 9, 2010, she was given the Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for performance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
    More Details Hide Details Jack White presented the award to her.
    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.
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  • 2009
    Age 71
    In 2009, Oklahoma City named an alley for her in the Bricktown entertainment district. "Wanda Jackson Way" was officially christened with a live performance by Jackson in her "Way" on September 30, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Besides this street in Oklahoma City, the city of Maud, Oklahoma, where she was born, has named one of its streets, Wanda Jackson Boulevard.
  • 2006
    Age 68
    In 2006 Alfred Publishing acknowledged her influence on young musicians by publishing The Best of Wanda Jackson: Let's Have a Party, a songbook with music and lyrics to thirteen songs associated with Jackson.
    More Details Hide Details It was the first songbook ever published on Jackson.
  • 2005
    Age 67
    She was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 but was not elected.
    More Details Hide Details In September 2008, she was nominated for a second time; and was inducted on April 4, 2009 as an Early Influence. She was the first addition to the category in nine years.
  • 2002
    Age 64
    Jackson ranked number 35 on CMT's 2002 special, The 40 Greatest Women of Country Music.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1987
    Age 49
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She played at the Rockabilly Festival in Jackson, Tennessee in 2001 with The Cadillac Angels. Despite her age, Jackson continued touring. Jackson released her first studio album since 1987, Heart Trouble (2003) on CMH Records. The sixteen-track album included guest appearances by Elvis Costello, The Cramps and Rosie Flores. Singer Amy LaVere portrayed a young Jackson in the Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line (2005). Jackson was interviewed about the origins of rockabilly music in the award-winning Canadian documentary entitled Rockabilly 514 (2008), directed by Patricia Chica and Mike Wafer. She returned to England on October 28, 2008 for an appearance at the London Rock 'n' Roll Festival with Jerry Lee Lewis and Linda Gail Lewis at the London Forum. In 2009, she teamed up with Jack White to record The Party Ain't Over (2011), which was well received by many critics but failed to come close to the success of "Van Lear Rose" that White produced for the legendary Loretta Lynn. Jackson enjoyed her first ever 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 with Jackson at 73 being a year older than West at the time of her hit rock LP. Billboard inexplicably failed to include The Party Ain't Over on the Billboard Hot Country LPS chart, although several of the songs were blatantly country, and the genre in which Jackson was always most successful in the United States.
  • 1984
    Age 46
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Cyndi Lauper acknowledged Jackson's classic rockabilly records were a major influence and inspiration for her during this period and Jackson's fan following also included a new generation of country music female vocalists, among them Rosanne Cash, Pam Tillis, Jann Browne and Rosie Flores.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1972
    Age 34
    She began recording gospel songs and albums, including 1972's Praise the Lord on Capitol.
    More Details Hide Details After Capitol dropped her, she recorded a number of albums for small religious labels and set up evangelical church tours across the country with her husband. Jackson wanted to record a mix of country and gospel music for her albums; however, religious labels were not interested. In the early 1980s, Jackson was invited to Europe to play and record rockabilly material when revivalists sought her out. She regularly toured Scandinavia, England, and Germany during the decade.
  • 1970
    Age 32
    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".
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1967
    Age 29
    She followed Kitty Wells' lead as only the second country female vocalist to have her own syndicated television show, Music Village, from 1967–68.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1970s, at her children's request, Jackson and her husband began to regularly attend church and accepted Christianity.
    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.
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  • 1965
    Age 27
    In early 1965, Jackson was invited by the German distribution partner of Capitol Records, Electrola, to record in German.
    More Details Hide Details Jackson's German language debut single, Santo Domingo (b/w Morgen, ja morgen), recorded at Electrola's studios in Cologne, peaked at No. 5 on the official German charts and at No. 1 on the charts of Germany's most influential teen magazine, Bravo. In the first months following the chart success of Santo Domingo, Jackson also re-recorded some of her German songs in Dutch and Japanese. The success of Santo Domingo prompted the recording of eight further German language singles until 1968, which were also released on an album, Made in Germany. A last German single was recorded in 1970.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1966, she released two singles that peaked in the country top 20, "Tears Will Be the Chaser For Your Wine" and "The Box It Came In".
  • 1963
    Age 25
    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".
    More Details Hide Details The album earned Jackson her first Grammy nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
  • 1961
    Age 23
    She married former IBM programmer Wendell Goodman in 1961, who serves as her manager.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have two children. As of the 2000s she lives in Oklahoma City. Jackson is a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Music and Oklahoma Country Music halls of fame, as well as the International Gospel and the German Music halls of fame.
    Her 1961 and 1962 albums, Right or Wrong and Wonderful Wanda, featured her two top ten country hits from 1961.
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  • 1960
    Age 22
    The unexpected success of her records led Capitol to release a number of albums composed of her 1950s material, including 1960's Rockin' with Wanda and There's a Party Goin' On, which included "Tongue Tied" and "Riot in the Cell Block No. 9".
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    In 1960, Jackson had a Top 40 pop hit with "Let's Have a Party", a song Presley had cut three years earlier.
    More Details Hide Details She was headlining concerts with her own band, which she dubbed The Party Timers. Prominently featured were pianist Big Al Downing and guitarist Roy Clark, virtually unknown at the time. Her country music career also began to take off with the self-penned "Right or Wrong", a No. 9 hit, and "In The Middle of a Heartache", which peaked at No. 6. Both songs also enjoyed top 40 pop success.
  • 1959
    Age 21
    She toured Japan in February and March 1959.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1955
    Age 17
    In 1955, Jackson briefly dated Elvis Presley while on tour with him.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1950s, Jackson's stage outfits were often designed by her mother. Unlike traditional clothing worn by female country music singers of the time, she wore fringe dresses, high heels and long earrings; and has claimed she was the first female to put "glamor into country music." She continued to record more rockabilly singles through the decade with producer Ken Nelson. Jackson insisted that Nelson make her records sound like those of label mates Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps. Nelson brought in many experienced and popular session players, including rock and roll pianist Merill Moore and the then unknown Buck Owens. With a unique vocal style and upbeat material, Jackson created some of the most influential rock and roll music of the time. In the late 1950s, Jackson recorded and released a number of rockabilly songs, including "Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad", "Mean, Mean Man", "Fujiyama Mama" (which hit No. 1 in Japan) and "Honey Bop." The songs, however, were only regional hits.
  • 1954
    Age 16
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She recorded a few songs on their label, Capitol Records, including "You Can't Have My Love", a duet with Thompson's bandleader, Billy Gray. The song was released as a single in 1954 and reached No. 8 on the country chart. Jackson asked Capitol to sign her, but was turned down by producer Ken Nelson who told her, "Girls don't sell records." Instead, she signed with Decca Records. After graduating from high school, Jackson began to tour with her father as manager and chaperon. She often shared the bill with Elvis Presley, who encouraged Jackson to sing rockabilly. Jackson briefly dated Elvis, during which time Elvis sometimes would coach Jackson how to play rock 'n' roll.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1948
    Age 10
    In 1948, when she was 11, the family moved back to Oklahoma.
    More Details Hide Details In 1956, she won a talent contest which led to her own radio program, soon extended by 30 minutes.
  • 1937
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her father, a musician, moved the family to Bakersfield, California, during the 1940s in hopes of a better life. Two years later, he bought Jackson a guitar and encouraged her to play. He also took her to see performances by Spade Cooley, Tex Williams and Bob Wills, which left a lasting impression.
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