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Rock-and-roller Cordell Jackson acclaimed late in life
By Bill Dries
October 15, 2004
Cordell Jackson, who started her own record label in Memphis in the 1950s and re-emerged later in life as the guitar chord-crunching "Rock-and-Roll Granny," died Thursday evening, according to her family. She was 81.
She had been ill for nine months, said family members who were making funeral arrangements late Thursday.
Mrs. Jackson was a rock-and-roll pioneer in a business dominated by men. Like most musicians, she hesitated to define her style.
"Lord, I don't know what my music is. It's just Cordell music," she said in a 1994 interview.
Born in Pontotoc, Miss., Mrs. Jackson got her first guitar when she was 12, ordered by her father out of a mail order catalog for $8.13 a month.
Living in Memphis in the 1950s, Mrs. Jackson began showing up at Sam Phillips's Memphis Recording Service to make recordings for herself.
When two of her Christmas recordings didn't make the cut as records on Phillips's Sun Records label, Mrs. Jackson started her own label and called it Moon Records.
Nashville guitar legend and producer Chet Atkins mastered all of the Memphis record label's music and the records were pressed by RCA Victor. Atkins took on the job after Mrs. Jackson called RCA's Nashville office and Atkins answered the phone.
The agreement ended in 1965 as Beatlemania and the British rock invasion eclipsed rock and roll's early American pioneers.
Mrs. Jackson happened to hear Tav Falco, the frontman of the Memphis punk band Panther Burns, performing one of her songs in the 1980s.
Her first-ever paying gig followed shortly thereafter when Mrs. Jackson, then 62, was paid $50 to play at the Antenna Club on Madison Avenue, the epicenter of the city's punk rock scene.
In 1991, an advertising agency teamed her with Stray Cats guitarist Brian Setzer for a Budweiser beer television commercial in which Mrs. Jackson instructed the '50s revivalist how to properly crunch a guitar chord.
Appearances followed on national television that featured her straightforward personality and music.
Last year, Mrs. Jackson was honored with a brass note on Beale Street. Mrs. Jackson saw the note while she was walking in the entertainment district before a ceremony could be planned to unveil it.
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