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Music Monday: Wanda Jackson – “Let’s Have a Party”

posted July 7, 2014 5:00 am

Wanda Jackson – “Let’s Have a Party”

Wanda Jackson was only halfway through high school when country singer Hank Thompson heard her on a radio show and asked her to record with his band, the Brazos Valley Boys. By the end of the decade, Jackson was known as the Queen of Rockabilly and had become one of America’s first major female country and rockabilly acts.

Her version of “Let’s Have a Party,” (video below) which Elvis had cut earlier, was a U.S. Top 40 pop hit for her in 1960. After the hit she renamed the band the Party Timers.