Speaking of being ’bout stinkin’ time …
Yet another way over-due appreciation of one of the greats is the announcement that Wanda Jackson has been elected to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I got to see Wanda play 12 or so years ago on a tour she did with Rosie Flores for Rosie’s album “Rockabilly Flores”. Wanda is still singing these days, belting out her old hits.
Wanda’s one of the true great voices of real Rock & Roll – it’s great to see her finally recognized for it by the Hall of Fame. It’s a semi-dubious recognition, given that their definition of “Rock & Roll” has turned into “post-Elvis dance pop” … it includes heavy metal, funk, disco, etc … this year’s other inductees are Jeff Beck, Chic, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Metalicca, Run-DMC, The Stooges, War, and Bobby Womack. All of which had their impact on the music scene, certainly, but I sure wouldn’t call some of ’em “rock & roll”. That argument aside, every once in a while they do the right thing and give props to someone who truly deserves it and isn’t so well known by modern music fans.
Let’s Have a Party!