Someone called Wanda Jackson the Queen of Rockabilly a while back and the tag stuck, probably because she earned it.
From the evidence in Jackson’s new autobiography, though, it might be more accurate to call her a Pioneer of Americana.
Every Night Is Saturday Night (BMG. $24.95), written with music journalist Scott B. Bomar, takes the reader on Jackson’s ride through a half dozen major styles of popular American music over the last 60 years.
Besides rockabilly, she recorded classic country, modern country, blues, folk, gospel and pop. It’s an odyssey that served her well artistically and yet often seemed to thwart her chances for greater commercial success.