The Party Ain’t Over For Wanda Jackson [VIDEO]
For Wanda Jackson, it ain’t over till it’s over and it certainly isn’t over for the “Queen of Rockabilly.” She is now in her 70s and released an album early this year with the help of rocker Jack White. Keep reading to find out more.
She’s a singer, songwriter, plays the piano and guitar. She had huge success in the mid-50’s and 60’s as one of the first female rockabilly singers. She is known to her fans as the”Queen”(or First Lady) of Rockabilly. She is Wanda Jackson.
Her song “Right or Wrong” was a favorite of mine and I had no idea she was still around or performing until I saw an article about Jack White hooking up with her to record an album.
You may remember, back in 2004, Jack White collaborated with Loretta Lynn on her album album “Van Lear Rose”.
After Jackson graduated from high school, she started to tour and often shared the bill with Elvis Presley, who encouraged her to sing rockabilly. In fact in 1960, Jackson had a Top 40 hit with “Let’s Have A Party”. It was a song Presley had recorded a year earlier.
Also at this time, Jackson’s country music career was beginning to take off with a song she wrote called “Right or Wrong”. It was a top 10 hit for her.
Throughout the mid 60’s through the 70’s, Jackson continued to record, mostly country and gospel.
Despite her age, Jackson continued to tour and in 2002 she was voted No. 35 on CMT’s special, “The 40 Greatest Women of Country Music”.
In 2009, Jackson started work on new recordings with Jack White. The result was an album entitled “The Party Ain’t Over”, and was released in January of this year.
The album includes a cover of the Bob Dylan song “Thunder on the Mountain”.
Since the album has come out, Jackson has performed on “The Late Show With David Letterman” and on “Conan”.
Check out these videos and you’ll see through the years that she still sounds and looks great. The party ain’t over for Wanda Jackson, it’s never ended.