Wanda Jackson Inducted Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (finally)

To Whom It May Concern:

This is to propose that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally nominates Wanda Jackson for induction. For heaven’s sake, the whole thing risks ridicule and having the appearance of being a little boy’s club unless it acknowledges the contribution of one of the first women of rock and roll.

It might be hard to admit but the musical influence of several male pioneers is somewhat obscure today. Even though their records will always be thrilling, their sound is not really heard in echo.

Look around today and you can hear lots of rocking girl singers who owe an unconscious debt to the mere idea of a woman like Wanda. She was standing up on stage with a guitar in her hands and making a sound that was as wild and raw as any rocker, man or woman, while other gals were still asking, “How much is that doggy in the window?”…

It is strange to find myself a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame while there seem still be a number of notable absentees. I’d like to be able to send the museum some old guitar that I played in ’77, with a good heart and clear conscience. Right now I’d be embarrassed to see it on display in a glass case in Cleveland while Wanda is still rocking and still missing from the Hall…


Yours through music,

Elvis Costello

April 13, 2005


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