husband of 50 years, Wendell Goodman
, came out to help with the night's countdown to midnight, with 30 seconds to spare, and she
sang a traditional "Auld Lang Syne," and noted, "If nothing else, you kept breathin', which by itself makes it a good year."
As the clock struck midnight, Jackson
and her husband of over 50 years, Wendell Goodman
, told audience members to grab a guy or gal for a big kiss.
Wanda's husband Wendell Goodman, who is also her manager, shuffles in, querying a publicist, "You know Jack can do that Opry thing?"
"We'd better go..." Wendell
says trailing off and ushering the two of them out of the room to discuss in more detail.
, added one more date, coming on stage to salute his
wife on the night of their 49th wedding anniversary.
In 1961 Jackson married Wendell Goodman, a former computer programmer, who became her manager and still is.
My husband (Wendell Goodman) and my publicist (Jon Hensley) they were just hoping that I'd get another call from somebody wanting to do an album or something.
He really stretched Wanda," Wendell Goodman
said at the venue.
husband of close to 50 years - and also her longtime manager.
"Because I never want to be any place hotter than this," Mr. Goodman
- Wendell Goodman
was in computer work, and he had a great future ahead of him," Jackson
You are, as Wendell always introduces you, 'The first lady of rock 'n' roll and the queen of rockabilly,' and now-a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."