Thursday, January 15, 2009
– Rockabilly and country singer Wanda Jackson and former Elvis band members will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland April 4. Jackson will join the hall as part of the Early Influence category.
Elvis Presley band members Bill Black and D.J. Fontana will be inducted as part of the Sidemen category as will Spooner Oldham.
Others to be honored include Jeff Beck, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Metallica, Run-D.M.C. and Bobby Womack.
Jackson became popular in the 1950s, while also enjoying a country career. Her hits include Let's Have a Party, Tears Will Be the Chaser for Your Wine, The Box it Came In, My Big Iron Skillet and Fancy Satin Pillows.
Black, Fontana and guitarist Scott Moore were The Blue Moon Boys, Elvis' backing band. Black played bass for Presley and was on early Presley recordings including Good Rockin' Tonight, Heartbreak Hotel, Baby Let's Play House, Mystery Train, That's All Right (Mama) and Hound Dog. He left in 1958 after a dispute about money. He continued making music, but died at 39 of a brain tumor in 1965. Fontana, 77, played drums for Presley for 14 years. He played on more than 460 RCA cuts with Elvis. Moore previously joined the Rock Hall in 2000.