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''I was really a maverick'' she recalls, ''I was trying to put some glamour and sex appeal into country music when it wasn't the done thing. My manager was doing his best to get me to just wear skirts and sweaters. He said, 'You should look just like the people in the audience.' I said, 'no, I think they come to see someone look a little different than the girl next door'. It helped establish me and set me apart.''
In January 1958, Wanda's booking agent and manager Jim Halsey was approached by Bobby Poe & The Kats, a mixed race rock 'n' roll band out of Arkansas. They were offered the task of working as Wanda's road band and in April 1958 they spent four days recording with her at the Capitol Tower in Hollywood. The sessions spawned Mean Mean Man, Let's Have A Party, Long Tall Sally, Money Honey, Rock Your Baby (all heard here) as well as a slew of country songs all of which appeared on her debut LP.
Further dangerous singles such as Rock Your Baby and Savin' My Love came and went, and Wanda was beginning to mildly despair at her lack of chart success. ''I had already given up on the rock stuff,'' she explained. ''I had talked to Ken Nelson and told him I wanted to go back to doing just country. Then a deejay in Des Moines, Iowa, started playing Let's Have A Party off my first album and got such a tremendous reaction to it that he contacted Capitol and they agreed to put it out on a 45.''
Let's Have A Party reached #38 on the Hot 100 in the autumn of 1960, revitalizing Wanda's career at a time when she was beginning to doubt whether she would ever fulfil her potential. Wanda milked it for all it was worth, changing the name of her band to the Party Timers and cashing in with an album titled There's A Party Going On. Unlike many artists on their first hit, Wanda at 23 had six years of experience behind her and was ready and primed to take advantage of the break when it came.
All her classic rock 'n' roll sides are packed full to bursting onto this blistering (and long awaited) CD, affirming her status as the Queen of Rockabilly.
|1. Baby Loves Him|
|2. Mean Mean Man|
|3. Fujiyama Mama|
|4. Cool Love|
|5. Honey Bop|
|6. I Gotta Know|
|7. Let's Have A Party|
|8. Money Honey|
|9. Long Tall Sally|
|10. Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad|
|12. Savin' My Love|
|13. Kansas City|
|14. Hard Headed Woman|
|15. Tunnel Of Love|
|16. My Baby Left Me|
|17. Sticks And Stones|
|18. Who Shot Sam?|
|19. There's A Party Goin' On|
|20. Brown Eyed Handsome Man|
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This is a fantastic CD and a must for any Rock-A-Billy fans collection.
Wanda Jackson, with her low-down, gritty, raspy voice, and great sense of timing, is one of the unsung heros of early rock and roll.
She still has so much energy and showmanship on stage, and really entertained the crowd that day.
WOW! love. love love this CD! Can't go wrong here! Every track is splendid!Published 1 month ago by The Arts Lover
I am very glad I bought this record. I have been a fan of Chicks Who Rock for quite some time and this record is the earliest example I have heard, yet.Published 18 months ago by consumer2
I love her from this time when she played she was hot . and she can play the guitar she smokes on it buy the cd Its worth it seeing her live is best thoughPublished 23 months ago by tony wolverton
If you're a fan of surf, rockabilly or early rock and roll then you are going to love this compilation.Published on September 5, 2011 by Dan K.
When you consider that Rock and Roll was only a part of Wanda Jackson's musical output, finding a good retrospective of her work in that genre is a challenge. Read morePublished on February 23, 2011 by Stephen Crafts
If your a dancer you haven't lived until you've attended a Hank Thompson w/Wanda Jackson dance. Some of my most fun years was when I could attend one of their dances. Read morePublished on January 31, 2011 by Timber
I had this CD previously....someone else must have loved it as much as I do...I could not live without it so I ordered it again.... Read morePublished on November 30, 2010 by J. L. Fields
I'd not heard of Wanda before she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but bought this when i heard her songs at the induction ceremony. Read morePublished on May 9, 2009 by Patrick J. McGuckin