Wednesday's intriguing people
Wanda Jackson, 73, an ex-flame of Elvis Presley, has put out an album produced by Jack White of the White Stripes.
January 26th, 2011
09:59 AM ET

Wednesday's intriguing people

Wanda Jackson

She’s called the queen of rockabilly, has secured a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and at age 73 she’s teamed up with rocker Jack White to release a new album.

White, a founder of the White Stripes, produced and arranged Jackson’s new album, “The Party Ain’t Over,” a disc bringing Jackson’s growling country-style vocals to rock tunes.

I was scared at first because I didn’t know what this young rock star was going to expect of me or ask me to do,” Jackson says on her website of her collaboration with White.

But she says White’s work quickly won her over.

“I realized he wasn’t wanting to change my style of singing at all. He just wanted me to have new, fresher material. … He just wanted more of Wanda than I was used to putting out,” she says.

He pulled out the 18-year-old young, feisty girl that was down in there buried,” Jackson said of White during an appearance on Conan O’Brien on TBS Tuesday night.

Jackson belted out “Funnel of Love,” with White on guitar, and then Conan asked Jackson about what it was like to tour with the king of rock 'n' roll, Elvis Presley, 50 years ago.

“They did more than tour,” White interjected.

“He could sure kiss good” was all Jackson offered.

Patrick Heidenreich

The Indiana conservation officer was on routine patrol on County Road 63 near Butler when he noticed a suspicious vehicle near the Tri-State Motorcycle Club, Indiana’s News Center reported.

Upon inspection, the state Department of Natural Resources officer found Jacob Delong, 18, allegedly in the process of raping a girl, the center said.

Delong was arrested and charged with attempted rape, the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne reported. DeKalb County Sheriff’s detective Adam Friedel told the paper the two knew each other.

The girl, 11, was taken into protective custody.

CNN affiliate WANE-TV said Delong had been expelled from Eastside High School in his hometown of Butler. Police told the station he had an extensive juvenile record, all relating to sex offenses.

Police were encouraging anyone with information about other possible victims to call the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.

Jason Bailey

The Jewish right wing has filed a suit against an NHL team claiming that its minor league team’s coaches made anti-Semitic comments toward him.

Bailey, 23, said that when he was part of the Anaheim Ducks' franchise, Martin Raymond and Mark Pederson – coaches for the Bakersfield Condors - subjected him to “a barrage of anti-Semitic, offensive and degrading verbal attacks regarding his Jewish faith,” according to the complaint.

The Ducks aren’t commenting.

Bailey, a 2005 Ducks draft pick who has never played in the NHL, said he was rarely given ice time and was not provided with resources afforded the other players, the lawsuit claims. Furthermore, the suit says, when he told the Ducks’ office about the treatment, the organization said his claims were “unbelievable.”

The Ottawa Citizen reported that the suit also claims that Bailey had to travel separately from the team because of his religion.

In February 2009, both coaches were suspended midseason, Raymond for seven days, Pederson for 14, Bakerfield Now reported last year. The Condors said it was an internal matter, but an anonymous source told KBFX-TV that the coaches were suspended for remarks made to Bailey.

Team President Matthew Riley told the station, “Our owner's Jewish … so obviously we took the matter or would have taken the matter very seriously and methodically and done the right thing."

Bailey is seeking unspecified damages, the Canadian Press reported. He now plays for the Binghamton Senators, a farm team for the Ottawa Senators.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. bill

    elvis is dead!

    January 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sandra Slater

    I can agree with her, as I met Elvis when I was 15 years old, as I grew up across the stree from Elvis's Grandparents.
    Vernon's dad and stepgrandmother Vera. Elvis kissed me and I have never forgotten this –I am now 69 years old. My birthday is on the 7th and Elvis' is on the 8th. My son's birthday is on the 16th of August. I will always remember when I was 15 and he had very very soft lips. (smile) Somethings a person NEVER FORGETS, AND I WILL NEVER FORGET WHEN I WAS 15.

    January 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      @Sandra. Yuck. I'm happy for you, but keep it to yourself.

      January 26, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maurice

      You were only 15? Well Priscilla was only 14, and he did much more than kiss her, I'm sure. A man in his 20's in a relationship with a 14 year old. Nothing wrong with that right? I guess if he wouldn't have been rich and famous it WOULD be considered wrong. Double standards – The American way.

      January 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      Hmm, yeah part of me is thinking well I guess you have a point, Maurice, but the other part of me says Oh wow Sandra lucky you!!!

      January 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MA

    How could he not kiss good with those luscious lips! Lucky girl!!!!!

    January 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sunny

    Sandra, I think your memory is cool...and I agree with MA...he had some pretty lips....!

    January 26, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. aj

    21 or 22 year old elvis kissing 14 and 15 year olds.. Gross..
    I wonder how the reporters for that article missed that calculation.

    January 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    @Sandra Slater...very interesting. Glad you were willing to share a personal memory at 69. Sad how everything changes, but memories are for life.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |