Legendary vocalist Wanda Jackson was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last week, along with eight other bands and performers, including pioneering Eighties rap act Run-DMC, English rock guitarist Jeff Beck, heavy metal’s Metallica and punk band The Stooges.
The Oklahoma native dated Elvis Presley and is known as the “Queen of Rockabilly.” She is often credited as the first female rock ‘n’ roll singer. Jackson, who lives near Maud, was the subject of “The Sweet Lady with the Nasty Voice,” a well-received 2008 documentary film that followed the then-70-year-old singer as she performed throughout Europe and the United States.
More than 500 musicians, journalists and music industry professionals will select five of the nine nominees ” which include Little Anthony and the Imperials, War, Bobby Womack and R&B group Chic ” to be included in the Hall of Fame. The winners will be announced in January, and formally inducted April 4, 2009, at an awards ceremony in Cleveland.
The All-American Rejects will headline a concert at the 12th Annual Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Muskogee.
The four-member pop-rock group, founded in Stillwater in 2001, will be given the “Rising Star” award for the chart-topping success of 2005’s “Move Along” and their upcoming follow-up “When the World Comes Down,” according to Hall of Fame directors. The concert and ceremony will also honor red dirt songwriting legend Bob Childers, who died in April; the Cherokee National Youth Choir; and Muskogee songwriter Chick Rains. The Wichita & Affiliated Tribes will be honored for its tribal music contributions.
The concert starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 8, at the Muskogee Civic Center, 425 Boston in Muskogee. For tickets and more information, call (918) 687-0800.