I started learning about Wanda Jackson, often called the "Queen of Rockabilly" or the "Queen of Rock", depending on who you ask. What I found sucked me into a full-fledged Wanda obsession. This woman is completely badass, an amazing vocalist who performed all the best songs of the era (but seldom gets credit for it): Hard Headed Woman, Brown Eyed Handsome Man, Riot in Cell Block #9, Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On, Slippin' and Slidin', Stupid Cupid, and lots more. She has this raw emotional tone coupled with a soulful twang and a hell of a lot of sassiness. Listen to the album Wanda Jackson: Queen of Rockabilly and you'll see what I mean.
In my eyes, Wanda is more than a musical icon, she's also a fashion icon. She favored fringe on her outfits, and lots of it. Rhinestones and corsets, too. Her mother sewed her stage outfits. As Jackson later said, "I was the first one to put some glamour in the country music--fringe dresses, high heels, long earrings."
To really appreciate Wanda Jackson, you have to see her perform. Enjoy!