Elvis Presley made his girlfriend ‘promise’ to change career

Elvis Presley made his girlfriend ‘promise’ to change career

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Elvis Presley made his girlfriend ‘promise’ to change career

Elvis Presley made his girlfriend ‘promise’ to change career – now she’s in hall of fame

Elvis Presley was a very smart man – especially when it came to music. The King of Rock and Roll would not have been able to achieve 18 number one songs if he was not an expert in his craft. And over the course of his 24 albums, the star worked out how to really make a hit that would really resonate with listeners.

So then, when Elvis first got together with his girlfriend Wanda Jackson in the 1950s – long before he would meet his future wife, Priscilla Presley – he was keen to give her some helpful advice.

Wanda already had a well-established music career in the 1950s when she first met Elvis. The country singer had a following and was even on tour with Elvis from 1955 to 1956. But once the pair got really comfortable with one another, the King sat Wanda down and told her just where she was going wrong.

She recalled in an interview: “The thing that Elvis did for me was giving me the courage to sing this new music like he was doing.” (Via Fox News)

At the time Elvis was breaking boundaries in the music industry by introducing rock ‘n’ roll music to a mainstream audience. But Wanda did not think it was a genre of music she could delve into as well.

Wanda said: “I would tell him: ‘I can’t do that, Elvis, because I’m just a country singer! Besides, I’m a girl. I can’t sing that stuff.'” But Elvis simply would not hear it. Wanda remembered the King would reply to her: “I know you could if you try.” Wanda added: “He made me promise that I would try.”

And she made sure she was able to keep her promise.

Wanda revealed that she left her original record label in favour of Capitol Records in 1956 in order to carry out Elvis’ task. She said: “When I moved to Capitol Records, that’s when I recorded one of my first rock ‘n’ roll songs: I Gotta Know. It was especially written for me. It has a little bit of a country kickoff.”

The track was very popular, but the official Billboard Hot 100 did not yet exist. Even so, it reached the U.S. Billboard Most Played C&W in Juke Boxes in 1956. However, it did not reach the Official Charts in the UK.

Regardless, the singer later called I Gotta Know a “milestone” in her career. She said: “It was a transition song for me. I recorded a lot of rock ‘n’ roll songs.” But there was a problem with her music.

Wanda remembered that most of her rock songs were covers because “nobody thought a girl’s point of view would sell”. Eventually, she changed that. She said: “I began writing stuff and they all did well … Seems like I always had to be pushed a little bit.” And Wanda’s constant pushing in her career eventually paid off when she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

During her acceptance speech for her induction, she praised Elvis for giving her that last-minute nudge to change the direction of her career.

Wanda told the audience: “I’m not standing here alone. I didn’t get here by myself. I probably wouldn’t have made it at all without help.” While listing the people she thanked, she said: “Elvis Presley, just for that bit of encouragement and that push that I needed. I don’t know about y’all, but I feel the presence of Elvis very strongly tonight.”

She concluded: “So, I’ll just say once again: thank you Elvis for encouraging me to try it.”

Although they only stayed together for a year, they made an important mark on one another.

Wanda’s love for Elvis continued through to 2006 (and beyond) when she dedicated an album to him. She released the record titled I Remember Elvis which consisted of covers of the King’s biggest hits.

The final song was a recording of Wanda speaking about the last time she saw the King alive.


SOURCE: Daily Express – Callum Crumlish 



1              Let’s Have a Party

2              Rock Your Baby

3              Lonely Weekends

4              Tweedle Dee

5              Fujiyama Mama

6              Kansas City

7              Lost Weekend

8              Honey Bop

9              Who Shot Sam

10           I Gotta Know

11           Baby Baby Bye Bye 

12           Long Tall Sally

13           Savin’ My Love

14           Tongue Tied

15           Cool Love

16           Mean, Mean Man  

17           Riot in Cell Block #9

18           Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad

19           You’re the One For Me

20           Stupid Cupid

21           Slippin’ and Slidin’

22           Man We had a Party 

23           Fallin’

24           Baby Loves Him 

25           My Baby Left Me

26           Hard Headed Woman

27           Money Honey

28           Brown Eyed Handsome Man

Wanda LaVonne Jackson, born October 20, 1937, age 84 years old, is an American singer and songwriter. Since the 1950s, she has recorded and released music in the genres of rock, country and gospel. She was among the first women to have a career in rock and roll, recording a series of 1950s singles that helped give her the nickname “The Queen of Rockabilly”. She is also counted among the first female stars In the genre of country music.


Wanda Jackson Musical Career

1953–1955: Country beginnings

1956–1960: The rock and roll years

1961–1971: Return to country music and foreign language success

1972–1983: Gospel and Christian music transition

1984–2006: Rock and roll revival

2007–present: Collaboration with Jack White and later years



  1. Turn your radio on
  2. Let go – let Jesus – Wanda Jackson Gospel Song
  3. One day at a time
  4. I saw the light
  5. I love you Jesus
  6. Didn’t He shine
  7. Two hands
  8. Fill my cup Lord (the “movie” version of this gospel song.)
  9. Great speckled bird
  10. The king is coming
  11. My testimony
  12. Oh happy day
  13. How great thou art
  14. He’s the man
  15. He gives us all His love
  16. Jesus is the answer
  17. Grandma sang off key
  18. Dust on the Bible
  19. I saw the light
  20. Jesus Put A Yodel In My Soul


REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort



“One day or day one. It’s your decision.” —Unknown.


Happiness is…listening to a Best of Wanda Jackson Album.


What do you call a typo on a headstone? A grave mistake.


Love is…sharing every joy and sorrow.


A time for Let’s Have A Party by Wanda Jackson …A time for Grandma sang off key By Wanda Jackson…A time for Jesus Put A Yodel In My Soul by Wanda Jackson.



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