Rippin’ it up with hard headed rockabilly icon Wanda Jackson

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Between 1954 and 1971, spunky rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson accumulated 19 Top 40 singles on Billboard’s pop and country charts. All were distributed on longtime label Capitol except debut A-side “You Can’t Have My Love,” a hardcore honky-tonk tune featuring a spoken word interlude by songwriter Billy Gray that shot to No. 8 C&W on Decca Records when Jackson was barely 16 years old. Image Credit: Universal Music Group
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“In the Middle of a Heartache” crooner Wanda Jackson tracks a lead vocal inside Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood for a dynamic shot possibly first featured as the cover of “Live At Town Hall Party 1958,” a six-song rockabilly and country-tinged EP distributed by Sundazed Records on January 22, 2008. Image Credit: Amazon / Universal Music Group
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Wanda Jackson becomes an enchanting fairy tale princess for the October 1961 cover of “Right or Wrong,” the fourth album distributed by the fiery rockabilly-country chanteuse on Capitol Records. Image Credit: Universal Music Group
Listen to Wanda Jackson perform the spooky “Funnel of Love,” cut on October 28, 1960, at Bradley Film and Recording Studio with the Nashville A-Team session cats. The mid-tempo rocker was co-written by Nashville harmonica maestro Charlie McCoy, includes Roy Clark of “Hee Haw” fame on lead guitar, and was unleashed as the B-side of “Right or Wrong” in April 1961. “Funnel of Love” oddly never dented the charts nor became identified as one of Jackson’s best recordings until three decades later. Country weeper “Right or Wrong” was immediately embraced by the public, becoming Jackson’s second Top 40 pop hit [No. 29] and reaching No. 9 on both the country and adult contemporary charts. Music and Video Credit: Universal Music Group

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Retro pop culture interviews & lovin’ someone fierce sustain this University of Georgia Master of Agricultural Leadership alum. Email: jeremylr@windstream.net

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