Jackie started out doing country & western
and rockabilly. She wrote most of her own
songs, something very few female vocalists
were doing during that period.
how Jackie looked and sounded like another
favorite female of mine, rockabilly queen
Wanda Jackson, right down to the growl
and the "yeah" ad lib.
penned by Jackie, a teenage lament that
combined two popular 50s dances,
the stroll and the calypso.
that yielded "Buddy" and "Strolypso Dance"
produced an excellent track that, for whatever
reason, remained unreleased until 2002 when
it showed up on a CD compilation. Sounding
a lot like Brenda Lee under the influence
of Jerry Lee Lewis, Jackie splits the
difference between rockabilly and
rock 'n' roll on "I Need Lovin'."
(the 45 shown in the following video is a
1960 reissue that used the name "DeShannon")
Jackie once again put a Wanda Jackson growl
in her voice and turned on the 'tude with
"Trouble," a song originally written for
Elvis Presley. Jackie's record had hit
say, it never broke nationally.
Jackie DeShannon. The first single she released
under that name was "Lonely Girl, a title that
implied it was an answer to "Lonely Boy," a
chart topper the previous year for Paul Anka.
with Anka's song. Instead, it was another
great rock 'n' roll number and another
song written by Jackie D!
(When Ya Kiss Me)" b/w "Ain't That Love,"
a cover of a Ray Charles song recorded by
brother Ray in 1957. I prefer the fab flip
rhythm & blues like Tina Turner!