April 2

“Right or Wrong (I’ll Be With You)”, sings Wanda Jackson

“Right or Wrong” or “Right or Wrong (I’ll Be with You)” is a song by Wanda Jackson. The American country, rock, and Christian music artist herself wrote and recorded the said track. Originally, the song was the most important country and pop hit for Mr. Jackson in the year 1961. Three years after (1964), Ronnie Dove, an American Bubblegum pop artist, released a second version of it.

The Story Behind “Right or Wrong”

Produced by Ken Nelson, Wanda recorded “Right or Wrong” at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio on October 28, 1960 in Nashville, Tennessee. It was one of Jackson’s many recording sessions in Nashville. In April 1961, Capitol Records officially debuted the single “Right or Wrong”. The track peaked at the ninth spot on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country and Western Sides chart. In addition, it reached number twenty-nine on the Billboard Hot 100. “Right or Wrong” became her second top-forty single on the Billboard Hot 100. Thirdly, the single occupied spot number nine on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. This was her very first entry on to the chart. “Right or Wrong (I’ll Be with You)” became the second top-ten country single of Jackson’s career.

The record-breaking track is connected with Wanda Jackson’s “comeback” into mainstream country music. During the late 1950s, a time after a series of rock and roll-styled singles, Jackson eventually went back to country. Wanda stated that she has lost her “rock” audience. She explained this switch in the book Finding Her Voice: Women in Country Music. In the book, she shared that country music started to come back. She added, too, that she wrote a ballad called “Right or Wrong”. In the long run, the song became a big hit. In her mind, she thought that when she returned to country, she would lose her rock and roll fans.


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