Wanda Jackson

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Early Influence

Inducted in: 2009

Inducted by: Rosanne Cash

Nominated as a Performer in: 2005   2009   

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2028 (ranked #245) .

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Fujiyama Mama (1957)
Let's Have A Party (1958)

Wanda Jackson @ Wikipedia

Wanda Jackson Videos


30 comments so far (post your own)

Country singer. Pure country.
No crossover whatsoever.
No influence whatsoever on rock.

What are these guys thinking?
Maybe they have a broken down truck and drink a bit too much as they tractor the fields?

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.

She not only toured with Elvis, she basically was a female version of Elvis.

If that's not enough, she can still rock today in her sixties. I've seen her in person so I know. Wanda pretty much opened up rock and roll for women and definitely belongs in the hall.

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?)

That, by any definition, is Rock & Roll! Jann Wenner, the "Rock Guru" that he is, probably doesn't even know who she was. Pat Benatar and Stevie Nicks did!

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.

"Like Elvis, she was bumpin' and grindin' and belting out songs before it was socially acceptable"- Terry

This is a great way to describe what she was like. Anyone interested in looking deeply into the roots of rock should check out Wanda.

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


This is a video of Wanda Jackson from 1958 singing "Hard Headed Woman", with Joe Maphis doing a bit of a solo in it. She would be a good induction...a true original.

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

congrats wanda

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

Finally the 1st lady to do it and sing it live it.
A lady who went "steady" with the KING himself
is finally inducted into what she did before any other woman, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
I can't tell you how happy I am for WANDA (and Wendell) with this announcement.
<img src="<img src="http://media.phoenixnewtimes.com/2916224.49.jpg" /><br />"><br>

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.

2. No. It's still not right to do. What they did was wrong, but so is your suggested alternative.

3. The Hall didn't exactly get away with it in the case of the DC5 either, as there was something of a backlash about it afterwards.

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).

If she was inducted as an Early Influence because younger voters don't know her or anything about pre-1960s music, then that's a reflection of their ignorance. I know I tend to be somewhat militant when it comes to preserving early rock 'n' roll and just about any pre-1960s music, but we're talking about some of the most important figures and styles of music here. A world in which no one knows Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Louis Armstrong, Chuck Berry, Benny Goodman et al is a world not worth living in.

Posted by Zach on Wednesday, 05.30.12 @ 21:30pm

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