If Elvis Presley forever will be the king of rock 'n' roll, his queen has got to be Wanda Jackson. She was a teenage heartbreaker in the mid-'50s when, with Elvis's personal encouragement, she made the transformation from country singer to the first legitimate female star of rockabilly and rock 'n' roll. Earlier, honky-tonker Hank Thompson had heard Jackson singing on an Oklahoma radio program and asked her to join his Brazos Valley Boys. When Jackson subsequently went on tour in 1955 with a package of artists, one was Presley, then just on the cusp of phenomenal success. He convinced a skeptical Jackson to try the new style, and she was a natural, the sultry edge in her voice earning her hits ("Fujiyama Mama," "Let's Have a Party"), breaking ground for generations of female rockers, and still largely intact more than a half-century later. Jackson spent a long time doing strictly country and gospel until returning to her rockabilly roots with the encouragement of Rosie Flores, among others. Her last studio... More >>>