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Wanda Jackson


1937

Wanda Lavonne Jackson is born in Maud, Oklahoma.

1954

Wanda Jackson, still in high school, signs to Capitol Records

1955

Wanda Jackson meets Elvis Presley while on tour, and they cultivate a friendship.

1956

Elvis Presley encourages Wanda Jackson to sing rock and roll, playing her records from his collection to emphasize the point.

1956

Wanda Jackson’s first session for Capitol Records yields “I Gotta Know,” a country-rockabilly hybrid.

1958

Wanda Jackson cuts her self-titled debut album, which includes the rockabilly raveup “Let’s Have a Party,” is released

1960

“Let’s Have a Party,” by Wanda Jackson, becomes the singer’s first Top Forty rock and roll hit reaching #37.

1962

Rockin’ With Wanda, the second album by Wanda Jackson, is released.

1962

Rockin’ With Wanda, the second album by Wanda Jackson, is released.

1971

Wanda Jackson converts to Christianity and begins singing and recording both gospel and country music.

1973

Wanda Jackson leaves Capitol records after nearly 17 years over their objections to her desire to make more gospel records.

1984

Wanda Jackson records Rock ‘N’ Roll Away Your Blues, her first rock and roll album in 20 years, in Kumla, Sweden. It is released in the U.S. three years later on Varick Records.

2000

Queen of Rockabilly, a 30-track compilation of Wanda Jackson’s rockabilly recordings from the Fifties and Sixties, is released on Ace Records.

2009

Wanda Jackson is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 24th annual dinner. Rosanne Cash is her presenter.

Wanda Jackson