Wanda Jackson, The Queen of Rockabilly and Rock

On October 20, 1937, Wanda Jackson was born in Maud, Oklahoma. In the 1950s and 1960s, she was a pioneering female rockabilly singer, earning herself the nicknames “The Queen of Rockabilly” and “The Queen of Rock.”

Jackson is still around and touring. Most recently, Jackson released her thirty-first studio album Unfinished Business in 2012.

Below, a young Wanda Jackson performs “Sparklin’ Brown Eyes.” Check it out.

And for something more recent, here is the video for “Tore Down,” which is from 2012’s Unfinished Business.

Finally, here is Wanda Jackson on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2011 singing “Shakin’ All Over.” She is backed by Jack White on guitar.

[Update Oct. 2017]  Finally, Jackson is releasing a new memoir about her amazing career entitled, Every Night Is Saturday Night: A Country Girl’s Journey To The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Happy birthday Ms. Jackson.

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