Country singer Wanda Jackson is releasing an album. For those of you that haven't heard of her, she and Elvis dated briefly in the 50s. She's more known for her rockabilly stuff, and her biggest hit was (Let's Have A) Party, which was better known and recorded before Elvis' version. Here's the relevant excerpt from wire news services:
Her latest project, I Remember Elvis, serves as an homage to Elvis Presley, whom Jackson toured with and dated in the mid-1950s. Jackson says it was Elvis who led her to perform that early rock 'n' roll sound.
"I've always told stories about Elvis on stage, how he encouraged me to sing this kind of music and the people just grabbed on to them," she said. "They would ask things like, 'Did he kiss good?' or 'What was he like?' We thought, 'What better way to pay tribute to the King?' "
The album is filled with high-pitched renditions of tunes Elvis sang while touring with Jackson, such as I Forgot to Remember to Forget and Good Rockin' Tonight, as well as works created after the two were together.
A six-minute testimonial in which Jackson runs through the first time she met and worked with Elvis, the night he gave her his ring and the last time she saw the musician in Las Vegas in the mid-1960s rounds out the release.
The recording is a treat for any Elvis or Jackson fan, except for maybe Jackson's husband, Wendell Goodman, who has had to hear his wife talk about her time with the King for the last 45 years.
Jackson said Goodman is very understanding.
"He is fine with it," she said. "He doesn't mind me talking about Elvis on every interview I do. He understands that I would probably be out of the business now if it wasn't for Elvis Presley.
"I'm just so grateful," she added. "I will always be a champion for Elvis and keeping his music alive."