Oklahoma’s own Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson will be featured tonight on the PBS Arts from Cleveland TV special “Women Who Rock,” airing at 8:30 p.m. on OETA. The OKC PBS station also will rebroadcast the special at 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
Here’s the synopsis:
Women are the 21st century’s top-grossing recording artists. This film tells the story of how we got here, tracing the earliest women musicians from the 1920′s to the mega stars of today.
The TV special has been put together in conjunction with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s ““Women Who Rock” exhibit, which opened in May and is on view through Feb. 26. The Cleveland, Ohio, institution has billed it “the world’s first museum exhibit dedicated to the most influential female artists,” a groundbreaking and provocative exploration of the vital roles women have played throughout the history of rock ‘n’ roll, from the genre’s inception to today.
A longtime Oklahoma City resident and 2009 rock hall inductee, Jackson, 74, not only is featured in the exhibit and TV special, she also was part of the star-studded lineup earlier this year at museum’s annual “It’s Only Rock and Roll Spring Benefit Concert,” which tied into the “Women Who Rock” theme.
“I supposed that after they inducted me, they decided they’d better do this,” quipped Jackson, who is widely regarded as the first woman to record rock ‘n’ roll music, in an interview with me earlier this year. “It’s exciting certainly. … I know if they do it, it’ll be done right.”
Check out this clip of Jackson from tonight’s TV special: