So, it’s nice to know that you’ve inspired someone to do their life’s work.
– Wanda Jackson
I’m still learnin’. I pick up something from every performer I watch.
If I needed to record, I’d head to the coast or Nashville, one or the other.
Yeah, they let me do whatever I wanted to.
None of the other guys in the band really sang, so that’s when I brought Roy Clark in.
And it wasn’t until ’84 when I was first asked to come to Sweden and do an album and concert tour.
I really appreciate people like Rosie coming out and saying I’ve inspired them.
I loved Carl Perkins, Jerry lee Lewis… not only were they personal friends.
I enjoyed listening to it, but I didn’t think I could do it.
They’re dressing like in the 50’s when they come out to the shows, and many of them have vintage cars.
Getting comments like that from even the young people at the shows who probably aren’t singers, the girls who just tell me that I’m an inspiration to them, for one reason or another.
There wasn’t so many ISSUES like there are today. It was a simpler time.
I have some of the old videos of my performances on it.
Right, different generations come along, and discover the music, I think.
You know, no one steered people’s careers in those days, I don’t think, like they do today.
I learned so much about recording and about singing on records from Ken Nelson.
I didn’t realize how many true Rockabilly fans there were here in America.
But, we didn’t have all the media that we do today.
It really is, to see that this kind of music is still so popular.
Well, I didn’t really have a plan. I just wanted a hit.
On that show, I did country and some rock, too, whatever record I had out at the time, I’d sing that.
It seems like the good things that have happened in my career are things that you don’t try to plan and push, and make it happen, it just seems to happen.
As I go back and listen, the other girls weren’t singing quite like I was.
If something pops in my mind and it’s easy, I write it.
You could have a hit in California that no one had heard of in Oklahoma.
I have eighteen titles in the German language. I had a number one song in 1965.