Today's entry is all swinging rockabilly girl love with the fabulous Wanda Jackson. From 1956 to the early 60s Wanda produced some kick ass tracks that have all the growl and snarl of a wild woman letting loose on a barroom of bears. The story goes that Elvis suggested she try out the rockabilly sound (they were an item there for awhile, she was singing your basic country jamboree) and so she did with "I Gotta Know." She had a huge hit with "Let's Have a Party" but it's "Fujiyama Mama" (an Earl Burrows song) that she became most known for. Listen to her raw femme power on that one folks... it's just plain exciting. I have the Pearl Harbor version of the song on vinyl, but haven't quite figured out how to to record my albums (I have tried the mic jac to mic jac and it just sounds like crud - any suggestions? If so, email me please.) So dig out the cowgirl hats and have a kid-sized hoedown. And tomorrow? Why it's the gal known as the Female Elvis!
Wanda Jackson, "Fujiyama Mama"
Wanda Jackson, "Let's Have a Party"
Buy some Wanda CDs at Amazon.