Due on Fall, Wanda Jackson’s Autobiography ‘Every Night is Saturday Night’
An Oklahoma native and one of the pioneers of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson, will release her autobiography “Every Night Is Saturday Night: A Country Girl’s Journey to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame” on Nov. 14 via BMG.
The “Queen of Rockabilly” and the “First Lady of Rock n’ Roll” landed more than 30 singles on country and pop charts between 1954 and 1974. Featuring more than 80 photographs from the Maud native’s personal collection and a foreword by Elvis Costello, “Every Night is Saturday Night” is the still-rocking great-grandmother’s chance to finally share the story of her fascinating life and career in her own words.
The iconic rock star’ debut single “You Can’t Have My Love,” reached the Top 10 while she was still a 16-year-old high school student. After graduation, she hit the road playing package shows with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley, who gave Wanda his ring and asked her to be “his girl.” Jackson began recording rock music with the encouragement of Elvis Presley, frequently releasing singles with country on one side and rock on the other during her decade-and-a-half tenure on Capitol Records.
She was known for her energetic stage shows and pioneering presence as a female artist, Jackson stormed the charts with a series of hit singles, including “Let’s Have a Party,” “Right or Wrong,” and “In the Middle of a Heartache.” With more than 40 albums to her credit, she has proven to be an enduring and genre-defying legend of American music, according to a news release.
In her autobiography, “Every Night is Saturday Night,” Jackson tells the story of being discovered by Country Music Hall of Famer Hank Thompson; why she refused to return to the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years; the challenges she and her integrated band, The Party Timers, faced when touring in a less racially tolerant era; personal memories of her relationship with Elvis; and how she ultimately found the love of her life in her husband and manager Wendell Goodman, who died earlier this year.
Along the way, Jackson reveals details about her first boyfriend, who went on to become a well-known pioneer of country music’s Bakersfield Sound; how she launched the career of country star and longtime Oklahoman Roy Clark; the challenges she faced as a woman who introduced sex appeal to country music and growling femininity to rock ‘n’ roll; her recent work with rock luminaries such as Jack White and Joan Jett; and how her deep faith has sustained her over more than seven decades of rocking, shocking, and thrilling audiences around the globe.
Jackson will launch the book with several public events and book signings around its release, including appearances Nov. 14 at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles and Dec. 2 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.
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