Wanda Jackson

With the Lustre Kings. Thursday, June 22, at the Beachland Ballroom.

Wanda Jackson
Wanda Jackson
Wanda Jackson
In the '50s, every girl in America wanted to be Elvis Presley's girl -- the line of seniors crying into their handkerchiefs at Graceland proves that -- but few got close enough to love him tender; Wanda Jackson was one of the lucky ones. Breaking onto the Decca label while still in high school, she made her first tour with a package featuring the King, and from that point it was matinee movies and malts for two.

Jackson scored an international hit with "Fujiyama Mama," cementing her as a legend in Japan. Stateside, her most memorable single was the rockabilly shuffle "Let's Have a Party," originally recorded by her former beau. Now happily married, Jackson has come to reclaim her rock-and-roll crown and sash, giving a nod to Elvis as she does so. her newest record, I Remember Elvis, features interpretations of Presley hits like "Heartbreak Hotel," but this is far from Memphis nostalgia. A living legend, Jackson was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts, but don't stand her in a wax museum -- the woman can still break hearts.

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