I knew nothing about Wanda Jackson except she was a rockabilly singer who knew Elvis, which was enough qualifications for me to read her brand new memoir. I pre-ordered it and amazon being amazon delivered it to me the day it was published, so I am pretty sure this is a first edition first printing. I read Every Night is Saturday Night a country girl’s journey to the rock & roll hall of fame by Wanda Jackson this weekend, started it Saturday afternoon and finished it Sunday evening. It was fantastic!
Wanda’s memoir was well written, entertaining, well organized – everything you want an autobiography to be. It was half personal life, half professional life. Wanda was an only child (like me) and as such was around adults most of her life growing up (like me) and said she wasn’t a kid even when she was a kid (like me). Wanda was born and raised in Oklahoma, but also spent time in California. She was on the radio singing country music at the age of 14 and touring with Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins when she was just out of high school. There was only one or two female country singers in the early 1950s, so Wanda blazed her own path. Elvis, whom she briefly dated and still has his ring, convinced her to sing rockabilly. There were no other female rockabilly singers in the 1950s, which is why Wanda is known as The Queen of Rockabilly. At 80 years old, Wanda is still performing today like every night is Saturday night.
If you are a music fan or just a fan of memoirs, Wanda Jackson’s Every Night is Saturday Night is for you.