Rockabilly firebrand Wanda Jackson was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and there’s no better way to celebrate the occasion than with this 10″ vinyl collection of the pioneering female rocker’s historic 1958 performances on the seminal Los Angeles-based TV show Town Hall Party.
Originally discovered singing at an Oklahoma radio station by honky-tonk star Hank Thompson, and subsequently convinced by onetime boyfriend Elvis Presley to apply her searing voice to rock ‘n’ roll material, Jackson became the first artist to demonstrate that women could rock as fiercely as their male counterparts, and these classic tracks capture her at her rockin’ peak. Backed by a stellar band headed by guitar legend Joe Maphis, Wanda tears into incendiary renditions of her classic “Mean, Mean Man,” her then-current Capitol Records single “Rock Your Baby,” a distinctive reading of the Faron Young hit “Alone (With You)” and a show-stopping take of the Elvis Presley hit “Hard Headed Woman,” from Elvis’ then-current film King Creole. Jackson would later have a long and successful career as a country balladeer, before returning to her rock ‘n’ roll roots. But she’s never been more raw and wild than on this raucous, rocking vintage session, now sounding better than ever on Sundazed’s high-definition, ten-inch vinyl.