Monday, April 13, 2015

Music Monday: Wanda Jackson

I grew up listening to the "oldies" station—"greatest hits of the 50s, 60s, and 70s"—and so, given my age, am probably more familiar with the names, songs, and faces of the middle of the century than I am with what's contemporary.

Yet somehow Wanda Jackson completely escaped my notice until she showed up on a Pandora station I created right after college. How had I never heard her before? Who knows. But maybe you haven't heard her either, which is a shame because she was a pioneer in early rock, helping to fuse blues and country into what would become rock 'n' roll.

"Hard-Headed Woman"

"Fujiyama Mama"

And she is still touring and recording today. Here's a tune you might recognize from the end credits of Bridesmaids.

"Shakin' All Over"

And a fun cover of a classic:

"Rum and Coca Cola"

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