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Country and Rockabilly Legend Wanda Jackson Announces Retirement


Music legend Wanda Jackson has announced her retirement from touring. The singer, who rose to fame in the 1950s with the rockabilly hits "Mean, Mean Man" and "Fujiyama Mama," made the announcement on social media, citing "health and safety" as Jackson's reason for her retirement.

"After over 60 years of touring, Wanda Jackson wishes to announce her retirement from performing," the message reads. "This retirement is solely based on health and safety. It has been a wild ride. Thank you all for all the years of continued fandom and support. This is not the end, just the beginning of a new chapter. Join us as we congratulate the Queen of Rockabilly on over six decades of rip roaring live performances, priceless stories and countless shimmies."

Jackson has also canceled shows at Viva Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nev. and the Nashville Boogie in Nashville, Tenn.

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Jackson was born in Maud, Oklahoma in 1937 and began her recording career in high school. She was a cast member on Ozark Jubilee from 1955 to 1960.

Jackson had her first Top 40 hit with "Let's Have a Party" and earned her first Grammy nomination with 1963's Two Sides of Wanda.

The 81-year-old has maintained an active recording schedule, releasing The Party Ain't Over, produced by Jack White, in 2011 and Unfinished Business, produced by Justin Townes Earl, the following year.

The rockabilly icon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.


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