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Wanda Jackson – Queen of Rockabilly

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Beautiful Maud native Wanda Jackson continues to sing with power and passion in a career that is approaching two-thirds of a century. Like tens of thousands of other Oklahomans, Jackson and her family moved to California in the 1940s. Her musician father Tom hoped for better prospects and located the Jacksons in Bakersfield, which was becoming a virtual Oklahoma colony. The area strongly supported country and western artists of the day, including Bob Wills and Spade Cooley, both nationally renowned vocalists who had strong Oklahoma connections. Hearing them as a girl left an indelible impression on Jackson. So did the guitar her father bought her from a pawn shop when she was seven and taught her to play.