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Wanda Jackson

Wanda Lavonne Jackson (born October 20, 1937) is a retired 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 of Rockabilly" or the "First Lady of Rockabilly".

Jackson mixed country music with fast-moving rockabilly, often recording them on opposite sides of a record. As rockabilly declined in popularity in the 1960s, she moved to a successful career in mainstream country music with a string of hits between 1961 and 1973, including "Right or Wrong", "Tears Will Be the Chaser for Your Wine", "A Woman Lives for Love" and "Fancy Satin Pillows".

She had a resurgence in popularity in the 1980s among rockabilly revivalists in Europe and younger Americana fans. In 2009, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the category Early Influence.

On March 27, 2019, Jackson announced her official retirement from performing.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1937 (Maud)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1954 - 1955

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca L 7609 3/24/1954 If you knew what I knew Wanda Jackson vocalist  
Decca L 7610 3/24/1954 Lovin' country style Wanda Jackson vocalist  
Decca L 7611 3/24/1954 The heart you could have had Wanda Jackson vocalist  
Decca L 7612 3/24/1954 The right to love Wanda Jackson vocalist  
Decca L 7613 3/24/1954 You can't have my love-1 Wanda Jackson vocalist  
Decca BR 9074 3/24/1955 It's the same world (wherever you go) Wanda Jackson vocalist  
Decca BR 9075 3/24/1955 Tears at the Grand Ole Opry Wanda Jackson vocalist  
Decca BR 9076 3/24/1955 Don't do the things he'd do Wanda Jackson vocalist  
Decca BR 9077 3/25/1955 Nobody's darlin' but mine Wanda Jackson vocalist  
Decca NA 9246 12/8/1955 Wasted Wanda Jackson vocalist  
Decca NA 9247 12/8/1955 I cried again Wanda Jackson vocalist  
Decca NA 9248 12/8/1955 I'd rather have a broken heart Wanda Jackson vocalist  
Decca NA 9249 12/8/1955 You won't forget (about me) Wanda Jackson vocalist  
Decca OK 101 8/19/1954 You'd be the first one to know Wanda Jackson vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jackson, Wanda," accessed November 24, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/322990.

Jackson, Wanda. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 24, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/322990.

"Jackson, Wanda." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 24 November 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/322990

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