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Wanda Jackson: The Ballads of Wanda Jackson (CD)

1-CD-Album DigiPac (4-plated) with 28-page booklet, 30 tracks, playing time 77:36 minutes.

  • Another fabulous release in our new series, 'The Ballads Of'.
  • For the first time, all of Wanda Jackson’s finest country ballads and torch songs on one CD.
  • 30 exquisitely performed slow to mid-tempo ballads recorded between 1957 and 1962! Including The Tip Of My Fingers, In The Middle Of A Heartache and many other great ballads.


Although Wanda Jackson will always be best remembered for her fiery rockers of the 1950s, the truth is that Wanda Jackson started her career singing country music and, despite a brief flirtation with rockabilly, she made her living from country music for most of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. This compilation draws tracks from her early mid-1950s recordings to her excellent country recordings of the early 1960s, focusing on Wanda Jackson’s ballad style.

These tracks are as great as they’re sadly overlooked, in fact the case can be made that if Wanda Jackson had never recorded her rocking tracks, she would have been known as one of the greatest country female singers, afforded the same respect as Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton.

This collection includes her biggest hit, Right Or Wrong, and many other great recordings in the ballad style. Once again, Bear Family offers you something unique you won’t find anywhere else!

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  • Interpret: Wanda Jackson

  • Album titlle: The Ballads of Wanda Jackson (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Preiscode AR
  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 4000127168481

  • weight in Kg 0.2
Jackson, Wanda - The Ballads of Wanda Jackson (CD) CD 1
01The Tip Of My FingersWanda Jackson
02In The Middle Of A HeartacheWanda Jackson
03The Last LetterWanda Jackson
04I May Never Get To HeavenWanda Jackson
05I Need You NowWanda Jackson
06We CouldWanda Jackson
07Sinful HeartWanda Jackson
08Heartbreak AheadWanda Jackson
09Please Call TodayWanda Jackson
10Little Charm BraceletWanda Jackson
11Just Call Me LonesomeWanda Jackson
12Making BelieveWanda Jackson
13I'd Rather Have YouWanda Jackson
14Right Or WrongWanda Jackson
15Just Queen For A DayWanda Jackson
16Is It WrongWanda Jackson
17Don't Ask Me WhyWanda Jackson
18Let Me Talk To YouWanda Jackson
19I Can't Make My Dreams UnderstandWanda Jackson
20A Date With JerryWanda Jackson
21Why I'm Walkin'Wanda Jackson
22I Cried AgainWanda Jackson
23Between The Window And The PhoneWanda Jackson
24If I Cried Every Time You Hurt MeWanda Jackson
25One Teardrops At A TimeWanda Jackson
26Little Thigns Mean A LotWanda Jackson
27Have You Ever Been LonelyWanda Jackson
28Day DreamingWanda Jackson
29So SoonWanda Jackson
30May You Never Be AloneWanda Jackson
Wanda Jackson If not for her good friend Elvis Presley’s sage advice, Wanda Jackson might... more
"Wanda Jackson"

Wanda Jackson

If not for her good friend Elvis Presley’s sage advice, Wanda Jackson might have stuck with good old-fashioned country music. After all, she’d already scored a sizable hit for Decca in 1954 with You Can’t Have My Love, an appealing traditional country duet with Billy Gray. But The Hillbilly Cat intuitively understood that a new sound was brewing across the South, one he was driving teenage girls crazy with. As he toured with Wanda in 1955, Elvis created bedlam everywhere they played.

Between gigs, he advised Wanda to join him aboard the rockabilly bandwagon, reasoning that her rip-roaring pipes were tailor-made for the incendiary style. Much as Elvis ascended to the throne as the king of rockabilly like a rocket in flight, Wanda would eventually reign as the idiom’s queen. Unlike many of her peers, Wanda didn’t have to deal with disapproval from her parents—they actively encouraged her. Her father, Tom Jackson, was a guitarist and fiddler, while her mother Nellie was just as integral to her career. “The fact that I’m an only child helped a lot,” said Wanda. “They were able to concentrate all of their attention and efforts on me. My career was really a family affair. My mother made my clothes. I designed them, she made them. She was a professional seamstress, so she made almost everything I wore, on and offstage. She could fit me like a glove.


And then my dad gave up his job so he could travel with me, take care of me on the road. So my folks sacrificed their time together, any social life they could have had. They just invested all of their energies in me.” Born October 20, 1937 in Maud, Oklahoma, Wanda was five years old when she and her folks moved to California, first settling in Los Angeles and then outside of Bakersfield. Tom placed a guitar in his daughter’s hands when she was only six. Western swing was the thing on the West Coast, and the Jacksons happily soaked it up. “They loved to dance. They were beautiful dancers,” said Wanda. “In those days, people didn’t get babysitters. If a couple did something, then the children were included. And in these dance halls in California, I remember the dance area was one place, and then they’d have like the beer garden in the other. My mother is a teetotaler, and some of their friends would have drinks. But she’d stay with me. They’d go have their drinks and then come back. “They said I’d stand right in front of the bandstand all night long with my head back, watching and listening from the age of six. People will say, ‘What are you gonna be when you grow up?’ And I’d always say, ‘A girl singer!’ Maybe I thought I had the choice of being the girl or the guy, I don’t know. The girls looked so pretty in the flashy clothes.” Rose Maddox made a strong impression. “She was so feisty, and their music was so good. I sang some of her songs in the early days,” said Wanda. “I liked the girl yodelers.


I liked the Bob Wills band. Just about every Western swing band had at least one girl singer, and most of them were yodelers. That was kind of the thing: if you were gonna be in a band, you had to yodel. So I learned real early how to yodel.” The Jacksons moved back to The Sooner State when Wanda was nine, settling this time in Oklahoma City. An impromptu audition at KLPR radio led to her own radio program when Wanda was 14. “Just 15 minutes, just me and my guitar,” she said. “Every day, after school, I’d go up to the station and do my show. Then my parents would pick me up and go home. Then I’d do my homework.” One day Oklahoma City’s resident country music star Hank Thompson called her at the station. “He heard my show on the radio, and he said he was just impressed with my style and my singing,” she said. “I just about fainted right there on the spot. He said, ‘This is Hank Thompson!’ And he invited me to sing with him and The Brazos Valley Boys at The Trianon that Saturday night.


I was probably about 14. I remember saying, ‘Oh, I’d love to, Mr. Thompson, but I’ll have to ask my mother!’ But they took me down, and that was the beginning of a great friendship and a relationship with Hank Thompson. He became my mentor, and helped me get my first and second record deals.” Before long, Wanda was a regular member of Hank’s troupe. But even his imprimatur couldn’t convince Capitol Records A&R man Ken Nelson to sign her to the label Thompson had scored so many smashes for—Nelson thought her too young. So Hank brought her to Decca Records, where producer Paul Cohen was more receptive. At the end of Wanda’s very first Decca date in March of ’54 in Hollywood, Thompson cajoled her into cutting You Can’t Have My Love as a duet with his bandleader Gray. “I was very upset. I knew in my mind that I didn’t want to be connected with a guy. I didn’t want a team,” said Wanda. “I didn’t even want to record it, but they kind of pressured me into it. I was nearly in tears when I was singing it, I was so mad.”

The song became a national hit, which dulled the sting. Jackson subsequently journeyed to Nashville in March of 1955 for a Decca session; while she was in town she made her debut on ‘The Grand Ole Opry.’ What should have been an early career highlight turned out to be anything but...


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Tracklist
Jackson, Wanda - The Ballads of Wanda Jackson (CD) CD 1
01 The Tip Of My Fingers
02 In The Middle Of A Heartache
03 The Last Letter
04 I May Never Get To Heaven
05 I Need You Now
06 We Could
07 Sinful Heart
08 Heartbreak Ahead
09 Please Call Today
10 Little Charm Bracelet
11 Just Call Me Lonesome
12 Making Believe
13 I'd Rather Have You
14 Right Or Wrong
15 Just Queen For A Day
16 Is It Wrong
17 Don't Ask Me Why
18 Let Me Talk To You
19 I Can't Make My Dreams Understand
20 A Date With Jerry
21 Why I'm Walkin'
22 I Cried Again
23 Between The Window And The Phone
24 If I Cried Every Time You Hurt Me
25 One Teardrops At A Time
26 Little Thigns Mean A Lot
27 Have You Ever Been Lonely
28 Day Dreaming
29 So Soon
30 May You Never Be Alone