Jackson in 1970
|Birth name||Wanda Lavonne Jackson|
|Also known as||The Queen of Rockabilly
The First Lady of Rockabilly
|Born||(1937-10-20) October 20, 1937
|Labels||Black Country Rock Media
Third Man Records
|Associated acts||Elvis Presley, The Cramps, Jack White, Imelda May, Hank Thompson, Billy Gray, Rosie Flores, Norma Jean, Adele|
There wasn’t so many ISSUES like there are today. It was a simpler time.
If I needed to record, I’d head to the coast or Nashville, one or the other.
I have eighteen titles in the German language. I had a number one song in 1965.
I’m still learnin’. I pick up something from every performer I watch.
I loved Carl Perkins, Jerry lee Lewis… not only were they personal friends.
None of the other guys in the band really sang, so that’s when I brought Roy Clark in.
I learned so much about recording and about singing on records from Ken Nelson.
As I go back and listen, the other girls weren’t singing quite like I was.
And it wasn’t until ’84 when I was first asked to come to Sweden and do an album and concert tour.
I really appreciate people like Rosie coming out and saying I’ve inspired them.
I didn’t realize how many true Rockabilly fans there were here in America.
Getting comments like that from even the young people at the shows who probably aren’t singers, the girls who just tell me that I’m an inspiration to them, for one reason or another.
On that show, I did country and some rock, too, whatever record I had out at the time, I’d sing that.
So, it’s nice to know that you’ve inspired someone to do their life’s work.
It seems like the good things that have happened in my career are things that you don’t try to plan and push, and make it happen, it just seems to happen.
They’re dressing like in the 50’s when they come out to the shows, and many of them have vintage cars.
You know, no one steered people’s careers in those days, I don’t think, like they do today.