Widely known and respected as “The Queen of Rockabilly;” Wanda Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist who had success in the mid-1950s and 60s as one of the first popular female rockabilly singers and a pioneering rock and roll artist.
Credited with being the first woman to ever record a rock and roll song — “Let’s Have a Party” in 1958. Jackson mixed country music with fast-moving rockabilly, often recording them on opposite sides of a record. As rockabilly declined in popularity in the mid-1960s, she moved to a successful career in mainstream country music with a string of hits between 1966 and 1973.
Nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005, but not elected. In September 2008, Jackson was nominated for a second time, and was inducted on April 4, 2009, as an Early Influence. In 2010, she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Music Awards. Wanda is also a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Music and Oklahoma Country Music halls of fame, as well as the International Gospel and the German Music halls of fame.
Enjoying a resurgence of popularity among rockabilly revivalists in Europe and younger Americana fans — 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. It was the first songbook ever published on Jackson.
At 73, Wanda Jackson’s 31st album Unfinished Business, and the single “Tore Down” was released in September 2012.