Thursday, January 22, 2009

Wanda Jackson, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee

Last week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced nine new inductees into their Hall of Fame. The official induction ceremony takes place April 4th in Cleveland. Each day from January 18th through the 26th, we'll be profiling one of these inductees here on the KXCI blog; today we feature Wanda Jackson.

(Learn more about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at

Wanda Jackson is an American rockabilly and country music singer who began recording in the mid-50s. She was one of the first female rockabilly singers to come to popularity during the 1950s. Jackson began her professional career while she was still in high school after being discovered by Hank Thompson in 1954. She mixed regular country music material with fast-moving rockabilly music, often cutting each side of a record with a different type of music.

In the mid-1960s, Jackson moved to a successful career in country music, having a string of hits between 1966 and 1973, including, “Tears Will Be the Chaser for Your Wine,” “The Box it Came in,” “My Big Iron Skillet,” and “Fancy Satin Pillows.”

Best of all: at age 71, Wanda's still going strong with concerts throughout the country. Learn more at


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