Wanda Jackson, Elvis sidemen to join Rock Hall

Thursday, January 15, 2009 – Rockabilly and country singer Wanda Jackson and former Elvis band members will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland April 4. Jackson will join the hall as part of the Early Influence category.

Elvis Presley band members Bill Black and D.J. Fontana will be inducted as part of the Sidemen category as will Spooner Oldham.

Others to be honored include Jeff Beck, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Metallica, Run-D.M.C. and Bobby Womack.

Jackson became popular in the 1950s, while also enjoying a country career. Her hits include Let's Have a Party, Tears Will Be the Chaser for Your Wine, The Box it Came In, My Big Iron Skillet and Fancy Satin Pillows.

Black, Fontana and guitarist Scott Moore were The Blue Moon Boys, Elvis' backing band. Black played bass for Presley and was on early Presley recordings including Good Rockin' Tonight, Heartbreak Hotel, Baby Let's Play House, Mystery Train, That's All Right (Mama) and Hound Dog. He left in 1958 after a dispute about money. He continued making music, but died at 39 of a brain tumor in 1965. Fontana, 77, played drums for Presley for 14 years. He played on more than 460 RCA cuts with Elvis. Moore previously joined the Rock Hall in 2000.

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Unfinished Business CD review - Unfinished Business
During her heyday in the '50s, Wanda Jackson was frequently identified as "the sweet girl with the nasty voice." The rockabilly chanteuse more than lived up to the tag by maintaining a spotless image (even as she dated Elvis Presley) while peeling off raucous rumpshakers like Let's Have a Party and Fujiyama Mama. Although casual listeners eventually thought Jackson had retired or died, true fans knew she had shifted her focus to European markets where she remained a big star »»»
The Party Ain't Over CD review - The Party Ain't Over
Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame inductee Wanda Jackson teams up with Jack White of White Stripes for a horn and guitar FX heavy set of neatly chosen cover songs. Although frequently invigorating, at times, the 73-year-old Jackson sounds dangerously close to being blown off her own album. From the get-go, Jackson can be heard fighting - even triumphing over - the fat, brassy horn section guitar vibrato on Shakin' All Over and although the Johnny Kidd and the Pirates' version remains »»»
I Remember Elvis CD review - I Remember Elvis
This 14-song set with two spoken tracks paying tribute to the late Elvis Presley, is probably the CD Wanda Jackson's fans have been waiting to hear. Produced by crack guitarist Danny B. Harvey, it features spare, yet full arrangements that allow the Oklahoma-born rockabilly pioneer to put her unique stamp on some of the genre's best-known tunes. Eschewing her trademark growl, Jackson sounds surprisingly bluesy slinking through such Sun Records-era staples as "Good Rockin' Tonight," "Trying to Get »»»