She was there at the beginning of rock and roll, and she's still going strong. From the time she was young, Wanda Jackson wanted to be a "girl singer." She regularly sang on a radio show in her hometown of Oklahoma City while in junior high school and had her first hit record by the time she was 17.
Wanda sang country songs until Elvis Presley encouraged her to try a new form of music called rockabilly - a combination of country, rhythm and blues, gospel and swing. She toured with Elvis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly and became the "Queen of Rockabilly" and the "First Lady of Rock and Roll." In April, 2009 this music pioneer and native Oklahoman was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
OETA's "A Conversation With...." series begins its new season as Wanda Jackson discusses her life and career with Dick Pryor on "A Conversation With...Wanda Jackson," premiering October 6th at 9:00 p.m. on OETA.