Blue Yodel #6
The Party Ain't Over
a note about this track
WYCE Artist of the Day -
Wanda Lavonne Jackson : born this day in 1937 is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist who is known to many as the "Queen of Rockabilly" (or "First Lady of Rockabilly").[
Jackson began her professional career while still attending high school in Oklahoma City after being discovered in 1954. At one point she was turned down for a record contract because, she was told, "Girls don't sell records."
In the late 1950s, Jackson recorded and released a number of rockabilly songs, including "Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad", "Mean, Mean Man", "Fujiyama Mama" which hit No. 1 in Japan!
In 1960, Jackson had a Top 40 pop hit with "Let's Have a Party", a song Presley had cut three years 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.
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 No. 9". Her 1961 and 1962 albums, Right or Wrong and Wonderful Wanda, featured her two top ten country hits from 1961.
In the later 60â€™s and through the 70â€™s she recorded mostly gospel music but returned to rockabilly in 1984 with her album titled Rockabilly Fever.
In 2003 she released Heart Trouble. The sixteen-track album included guest appearances by Elvis Costello, The Cramps and Rosie Flores.
In 2009, she teamed up with Jack White to record The Party Ain't Over . ***********
With The Party Ain't Over, Jackson became the oldest female artist to chart the Billboard 200 list, at age seventy three.
Jackson ranked number 35 on CMT's 2002 special, The 40 Greatest Women of Country Music. She is a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Music and Oklahoma Country Music halls of fame, as well as the International Gospel and the German Music halls of fame.
She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2009 as an Early Influence. On September 9, 2010, she was given the Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for performance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Jack White presented the award to her.