|Rock & Roll Hall of Famer|
Category: Early Influence
Inducted in: 2009
Inducted by: Rosanne Cash
Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2028 (ranked #245) .
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Country singer. Pure country.
Posted by AlphaKid42 on Saturday, 06.16.07 @ 02:19am
No influence on rock? Are you kidding me? Have you listened to "Let's Have a Party," "Mean, Mean Man," "Riot in Cell Block No. 9," or "Fujiyama Mama"? She, Janis Martin, and Lorrie Collins were among the first female artists to make rockabilly "acceptable" for women to sing.
Posted by Barrog on Monday, 12.17.07 @ 11:21am
Can you believe that the "media creation" Madonna is in and Wanda isn't?? Someone on here said Wanda didn't rock??? Do you even know who she is?? Go on YouTube & get educated!! Like Elvis, she was bumpin' and grindin' and belting out songs before it was socially acceptable!
Posted by Terry on Sunday, 01.27.08 @ 08:26am
Hey, papi....why don't you take your narrow-minded self to youtube and check out Wanda Jackson. It is an absolute travesty that she's not in the HoF! She was bumpin' & grindin' and singing rock right along with Elvis in the 50's (you DO know who Elvis was?)..."not very lady-like". This was also at a time when unless it was American Bandstand, there wasn't a lot of lip-synching (isn't it true Madonna has been known to lip-synch in concerts?)
Posted by Terry on Friday, 02.22.08 @ 18:02pm
There are some interesting comments concerning Wanda Jackson, and I would have to concur that she is definitely a rock pioneer and a great influence on women in rock & roll.
Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 08.26.08 @ 19:09pm
I was surprised to see Wanda Jackson being considered for induction. After all, she's only the ORIGINAL female rocker!! Can't think of anyone who pre-dates her. This would be another good youtube "experiment" for people not familiar with her.
Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 17:04pm
Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 17:11pm
Dameon...would you please return in kind by telling me what you think of Wanda Jackson and her contribution to rock? Your tendency seems to be to look at the whole picture and even though she's been nominated, comments about her seem to be taboo. I grew up in an environment where you heard her music a lot...even after she switched to primarily country. I've made my views clear, I'd like your and some of the more knowledgeable people's opinion...I'd appreciate it!
Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 10.4.08 @ 15:39pm
I vote "Yes" but it looks like she is not getting many votes. I looked at Wanda Jackson's videos and she really is very good. She could sing great and also played guitar. She had a lot of good stage personality too. She was a pioneer of women in rock & roll. Definitely I hope she gets in.
Posted by Cokey on Saturday, 10.18.08 @ 21:04pm
Maybe. She really was more of a country sweetheart. Still rockabilly is a revered part of rock'n'roll. I just don't think this will be her year, though.
Posted by Philip on Saturday, 10.18.08 @ 22:49pm
And I was wrong. She has let it slip that she is being inducted this year!
Posted by Philip on Friday, 01.9.09 @ 15:39pm
Where are you getting this information from?
Posted by dgjh on Friday, 01.9.09 @ 15:52pm
Posted by akeem on Sunday, 01.11.09 @ 17:20pm
She's just been added to FRH's list of "Current Hall of Famers"
Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 11:38am
Posted by Miss Holley King on Friday, 01.16.09 @ 07:38am
What a great surprise. I say they got this one right.
Posted by Worm on Friday, 01.16.09 @ 10:52am
Finally the R & R Hall of Fame got it right!! Thank goodness my mom took Elvis' advice and gave rock and roll a try when no other woman would even dare!! Women of rock and roll today should thank her for paving the way when it wasn't easy or accepted. She's still the best entertainer ever, and totally "rocks"! Congrats Mom...we couldn't be more proud!!
Posted by Gina on Sunday, 01.18.09 @ 13:55pm
the Queen of rockabilly ..! keeps rockin!
Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 01.18.09 @ 17:38pm
i could not be more happy for you wanda , bout time. tom
Posted by tom grogan on Monday, 01.19.09 @ 03:42am
I hope you all know that if the Rock Hall had been inducting more than 5 artists in the performers category this year, Wanda Jackson would have been inducted in that category and not early influence.
Posted by Roy on Friday, 02.27.09 @ 04:54am
Wanda Jackson is the QUEEN OF ROCK N ROLL - just like Elvis is the KING!!! How many women in her era growled and snarled and kicked ass like her? Listen to all that every one else told you losers to listen to and tell me she's not ROCK!!! The first major woman's voice of pure rock and roll (NOT SOUL)....and being country - um so was Elvis, wake up! Yous guys wanna talk about NON-ROCK - what about RUN DMC?!?! WTF People!!
Posted by Terranova on Friday, 03.27.09 @ 17:54pm
She was not exactly an "early" influence. She was younger than Elvis, only 2 years older than the oldest Beatle (Ringo Starr) and less than 10 years older than late-70s ikon Debbie Harry. But, Jackson definitely was way ahead of her time, and she never sold many records--- so into the Early Infuence category she goes.
Posted by Timothy Horrigan on Monday, 07.20.09 @ 19:10pm
She would have been inducted in the main performers category if the Rock Hall had been inducting more than 5 artists that year. I wonder how many votes she actually got. Why couldn't they have just kept on nominating her every year until she got in. Does her induction in the early influence category after being nominated in the main performers category, make her induction any less important? Is she any less significant? Is anyone who wanted her in the Rock Hall angry because she is in the Rock Hall but not in the category they wanted her to be inducted in?
Posted by Roy on Thursday, 01.27.11 @ 08:25am
I think as the older generation on the Rock Hall committee gets older or passes on, all the remaining artists from the 50s will be inducted in the Early Influence category because the younger voters don't know who they are, or don't appreciate, or never listened to their music. The Rock Hall will have no choice but to forget about nominating 50s artists in the main performers category, and just inducting them in the Early Influence category.
Posted by Roy on Thursday, 01.27.11 @ 08:32am
The Rock Hall could have just lied to us and said that Wanda Jackson did get more votes than some of the other artists on the ballot and inducted her in the main performers category. I'm sure they are not above doing that. They've done it before when they chose Grandmaster Flash over The Dave Clark Five, just to get a Rap act in sooner.
Posted by Roy on Friday, 01.28.11 @ 05:46am
1. The issue with GF&TFF vs. DC5 is not black and white, though I do think they should have just inducted both that year.
Posted by Philip on Friday, 01.28.11 @ 10:30am
It's not like she's dying. They could have just kept on nominating her in the performers category until she got inducted. It would be interesting to know how many votes she got the first time and the second time she was nominated. I'm sure Darlene Love and Neil Diamond would have added to her votes. Elvis gets the main performers category, while Wanda gets Early Influence.
Posted by Roy on Sunday, 01.30.11 @ 06:11am
ask brenda lee and all ladys of rock'n'roll who's the Queen? 50 plus year of rocking!!! lots of love WANDA JACKSON thank you very much QUEEN.
Posted by chuck on Friday, 09.2.11 @ 00:54am
I'll still never understand why Wanda Jackson was inducted as an Early Influence and not as a Performer. She began recording in 1954, just when rock 'n' roll was on the cusp of eclipsing traditional pop and breaking into the mainstream. When I hear the term "Early Influence," I think of artists who were most prominent before the start of rock 'n' roll. That would include Jelly Roll Morton, Billie Holiday, Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, The Ink Spots, Woody Guthrie, and Bill Monroe, to name some. Wanda Jackson was part of the first wave of rock 'n' roll which encompassed doo wop, rhythm and blues, and rockabilly, roughly from 1954 to 1959 (give or take a few years).
Posted by Zach on Wednesday, 05.30.12 @ 21:30pm
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