The Pin up Girls and Rockabilly Cars
Interview with Rockabilly Girls
Wanda Jackson - The Queen of Rockabilly
Jackson mixed country music with fast-moving rockabilly, often recording them on opposite sides of a record.
In 1960, Jackson had a Top 40 pop hit with "Let's Have a Party," a song Presley had cut a year earlier. She was headlining concerts with her own band, which she dubbed The Party Timers. Prominently featured were pianist Big Al Downing and guitarist Roy Clark, virtually unknown at the time. A year later, she recorded more country-pop material with "Right or Wrong," a number nine hit, and "In the Middle of a Heartache," which peaked at number six on the country chart.
The unexpected success of her records led Capitol to release a number of albums composed of her 1950s material, including 1960's Rockin' with Wanda and There's a Party Goin' On, which included "Tongue Tied" and "Riot in the Cell Block #9." Her 1961 and 1962 albums, Right or Wrong and Wonderful Wanda, featured her two top ten country hits from 1961. In 1963, Jackson recorded a final album titled Two Sides of Wanda, which included both rock and roll and country music, including a cover of Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On".