Wanda Jackson's debut single, "You Can't Have My Love," reached the Top 10 while she was still a sixteen-year-old high school student. She hit the road after graduation, playing package shows with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley, who gave Wanda his ring and asked her to be "his girl." With Presley's encouragement, the Oklahoma native began recording rock music, often releasing singles with country on one side and rock on the other during her decade-and-a-half tenure on Capitol Records.
Known for her energetic stage shows and pioneering presence as a female artist, Wanda stormed the charts with a series of hit singles, including "Let's Have a Party," "Right or Wrong," and "In the Middle of a Heartache." With more than 40 albums to her credit, Wanda has proven to be an enduring and genre-defying legend of American music.
In Every Night is Saturday Night, Wanda tells her own story of getting discovered by Country Music Hall of Famer Hank Thompson; shy she refused to return to The Grand Ole Opry for more than fifty years; the challenges she and her integrated band, The Party Timers, faced in the early 1960s; finding the love of her life; her recent work with rock luminaries Jack White and Joan Jett; and how her deep faith has sustained her over more than seven decades of rocking, shocking, and thrilling audiences around the globe.
|A wonderful book by who I think is the first Lady of Rock and Roll and Rockabilly. A story that will take you on an enjoyable ride with a woman who had a top10 at the age of 16 and had songs of empowerment for young women. Songs like “That made him Mad” “Hot Dog”, “Right or Wrong”, “In the Middle of a Heartache”. She takes you on her journey with the people that she met along the way from Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash to name a few. Why she only performed once at the Opry and did not like the way she was spoken to and was told to put something over her shoulders. She would not go back for decades. Her time when she went gospel and then went back out on the road in the 80’s when Rockabilly was becoming popular. She talks about how she was able to perform without all of the dancing and fireworks, but hold an audience with her voice, singing playing guitar and getting people out of the sits to dance. How it took a group of rockers to get her into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She was surprised when Jack White wanted to record with her. She was also married to the same man for over 50 years. What I did not know was that she spent part of her childhood in Bakersfield, and that she recorded a lot out west because she did not like Nashville and the way you had to do things. There were so many things in her story that you just have to read it yourselves, better yet find her music and listen to her words and the music she was way ahead of her time. A very good read. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com|
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