This week, Amanda Bocchi spoke with country music and rockabilly legend, Wanda Jackson about her experiences as a musician starting in the 50’s on tour with Elvis to her current pursuits as a touring musician and author. Amanda and Wanda talk about her struggles getting her music on the radio as a female artist in a male dominated music industry. She also touched on the importance of faith in God and what it takes to strike balance as an artist with a family. She is releasing her new autobiography on November 14th, 2017.
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.
Favorite Interview Quote: ” God can see around the bend in the roads and we can’t. So we have to keep surrendering our will to Him so He can guide us safely through life…”
What others Say About Wanda Jackson:
“I love her. She’s so brilliant. I don’t think Rollin’ in the Deep would exist if it wasn’t for Wanda Jackson.” —Adele
“Look around today and you can hear lots of rocking girl singers who owe an unconscious debt to the mere idea of a woman like Wanda. She was standing up on stage with a guitar in her hands and making a sound that was as wild and raw as any rocker, man or woman, while other gals were still asking, ‘How much is that doggy in the window?'” —Elvis Costello
“She’s influential to every modern female singer, whether they know about her or not. She broke down those walls in the beginning, when it was the hardest to do.” —Jack White
“There’s an authenticity in her voice that conjures up a world and a very distinct and particular place in time.” —Bruce Springsteen
“As you look up the history of your roots in music, you don’t find a lot of women. But Wanda Jackson was right there, at the beginning of it….“I learned to sing rock ’n’ roll by listening to Wanda Jackson, but I learned about country music from her, too.” —Cyndi Lauper