Friday, January 15, 2010

Wanda Jackson

TULSA, Okla. – Oklahoma rock icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson is set to appear at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa at 11 a.m. on Jan. 15. Jackson will be signing and donating one of her signature Daisy Rock guitars for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa’s private music collection.

Jackson will also be available for an autograph signing for local fans.

“Wanda Jackson is a perfect representation of what Hard Rock Casino Tulsa is all about. She is part of Oklahoma’s rich musical heritage and a monumental figure to rock and roll. Some of Wanda’s items that we will have here are items that help set the stage for rock and roll music. And by having her here in person, not only will our guests get to see a living legend, but hear from her personally about her soon-to-be-released songs,” said David Stewart, CEO of Cherokee Nation Entertainment, which operates Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa and Cherokee Casinos.

Known as one of the pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly music, Jackson is releasing a new single, which will include an A- and B-side, on Jan. 26 from her recent recording sessions with music ingenue Jack White, frontman for the White Stripes.

The songs are covers of Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good” and early British rock band Johnny Kidd and the Pirates’ “Shakin’ All Over.” The single will be initially released on iTunes and seven-inch vinyl by White’s Third Man Records.

White, who also leads the bands Dead Weather and The Raconteurs, has produced his own records, as well as the 2004 release of country superstar Loretta Lynn’s Grammy award-winning album “Van Lear Rose.”

White is reportedly a huge fan of Jackson’s. Jackson rose to fame in the ‘50s after touring with Elvis Presley. Jackson moved into the direction of rock ‘n’ roll music, not common for female vocalist of the time, at Presley’s request. Jackson also briefly dated Presley in 1955.

In addition to recording several rockabilly hits including “Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad,” “Fujiyama Mama” and “Let’s Have a Party,” Jackson also attained a successful career in mainstream country music from 1966-1973. Some of her country hits include “Tears Will Be The Chaser For Your Wine,” “My Big Iron Skillet” and “Fancy Satin Pillows.”

Jackson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4, 2009, at the request of many famed artists including Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen. Jackson is also a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Music and Oklahoma Country Music halls of fame, as well as the International Gospel and German Music halls of fame.

Jackson currently lives in Oklahoma City and continues to tour internationally. She is married to her manager, Wendell Goodman.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is the host hotel for many celebrities, musical artists and sports stars, among others. In addition to its excellent guest service, dining and entertainment, the hotel offers several luxurious, rock-inspired suites to accommodate guests.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is located on Interstate 44 at exit 240A. For more information, visit or call (800) 760-6700.

For more information and hi-res photos of Wanda Jackson, visit her website at

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