— Rock 'n Roll Highway 67 —
Porky's Roof Top in Newport was among the venues Wanda played in her inaugural tour. She took the stage in her trademark white fringe dress and electrified the Jackson County crowd with her high- energy performance, not to mention her stunning good looks.
Among the other artists performing at Porky's that night was Elvis Presley. Wanda would end up touring with Elvis. and dating him for a time in the mid- 1950s.
The Oklahoma native had her own radio show on KLPR-AM while in high school. Country star Hank Thompson héard Wanda performing on the show and invited her to perform with his band, the Brazos Valley Boys.
Signing with Decca and later Capitol Records, she was comfortable with both rockabilly and country tunes, often putting the two back-to-back on singles.
Her powerful voice belted out the tunes with energy and attitude, and she paved the way for many female artists who would follow
Her first chart single was “You Can't Have My Love" in 1954, and in subsequent years she would record such songs as “I Gotta Know," "Fujiyama Mama," and "Let's Have, a Party."
She recorded several gospel albums after becoming a Christian in the 1970s, and Wanda has remained popular into the 21st Century, including the album “The Party Ain't Over” in 2011. The album climbed to number 58 on the Billboard charts, making Wanda Jackson, at age 73, the oldest artist ever to hit the album charts.
The Hits Keep Coming
Wanda Jackson has enjoyed a career resurgance in the 21st Century. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, and she also produced a new album that received critical acclaim and chart success. "The Party Ain't Over," produced by popular musician Jack White, was released in 2011 and rose to number 58 on the Billboard album charts. She has continued to perform before sellout crowds all over the world.
Porky's Roof Top in Newport, pictured to the left of radio station KNBY, was among the venues played by a young Wanda Jackson on her first tour.
Wanda caught the eye of many young men, including fellow performer Elvis Presley. The two toured together and dated briefly in the mid 1950s.
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Location. 36° 4.03′ N, 90° 57.438′ W. Marker is in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, in Lawrence County. Marker is on SW Front Street south of West Elm Street, on the right when traveling south. Located at Guitar Walk near the Walnut Ridge Train Station. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Walnut Ridge AR 72476, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Conway Twitty (here, next to this marker); Roy Orbison (here, next to this marker); Sonny Burgess (a few steps from this marker); Billy Lee Riley (a few steps from this marker); Jerry Lee Lewis (a few steps from this marker); Johnny Cash (a few steps from this marker); Carl Perkins (a few steps from this marker); When The Beatles Came to Town (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Walnut Ridge.
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