Janis Martin (2)

Real Name:
Janis Darlene Martin
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Born: 27th May 1940 Sutherlin, Virginia, USA
Died: 3rd September 2007
Janis Martin was an American Rockabilly and Country Music singer. Martin was one of the few female Rock & Roll artists to be making records, proving to the male-dominated Rock & Roll industry that women too could sell a large amount of records and score Rock & Roll hits. This opened doors for other Rock & Roll singers to come, like Brenda Lee.

She was nicknamed The Female Elvis, for her impressive dance moves she did on stage, similar to that of Elvis Presley.

In 1953 at the tender age of 13 Janis Martin was developing her own proto-rockabilly style on WRVA's Old Dominion Barn Dance, which broadcast out of Richmond, VA. Although Martin performed mostly "country" songs for the show, she also did songs by Rhythm and blues singers Ruth Brown and LaVern Baker, as well as a few Dinah Washington songs.

At age 15, Martin was signed with RCA only two months after Elvis Presley signed with the label. In 1956, Martin released her debut record under RCA, "Will You Willyum," backed by her own composition, "Drugstore Rock'n Roll." The song became the biggest hit of her career, selling 750,000 records and hitting the country and pop charts. Soon Martin was performing on American Bandstand, The Today Show and the Tonight Show. She also appeared on Jubilee USA, and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, becoming one of the younger performers to ever appear. Billboard named her Most Promising Female Vocalist that year.

Presley and RCA were so impressed with her stage presence, they dubbed her the Female Elvis. She was chosen by RCA to tour as a member of the Jim Reeves show and continued recording rock and roll and country material that ended up being successful on both charts, including "My Boy Elvis," "Let's Elope Baby," her cover of Roy Orbison's song "Oooby Dooby" and "Love Me to Pieces."

Martin had secretly married her boyfriend in 1956, and became pregnant while visiting him while he was stationed overseas with the military. Her teenage pregnancy caused RCA to drop her in 1958. Although King Records and Decca Records were interested, she signed with a Belgian label in 1960 called Palette. By 1960, Martin was on her second marriage, and her husband demanded she leave the music business.

In the 1970s, she began performing again with her newly-formed band, The Variations. In 1975, she was working for the Danville Virginia Police Department when Edd Bayes coaxed her to appear locally and tell her story in Goldmine magazine. Martin toured through Europe as part of he rockabilly revival there, and in 1979 Bayes convinced RCA to release four Martin songs in their vault. They were released on Dog Gone Records.

In the 1980s, the Bear Family label gathered Martin's complete record history with the compilation album The Female Elvis.

In 1995, Martin appeared on Rosie Flores's Rockabilly Filly album for HighTone Records. Flores recorded an unreleased album with Martin six months before her death. Martin died from cancer on September 3, 2007, at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.
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Albums

BCD 16154 AR Masters & Studio Outtakes — Janis Martin (2) Janis Martin (2) Masters & Studio Outtakes(CD, Album) Bear Family Records BCD 16154 AR Germany 2006 Sell This Version
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CIM020 The Blanco Sessions — Janis Martin (2) Janis Martin (2) The Blanco Sessions (Album) Cow Island Music CIM020 US 2012 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

47-6652 My Boy Elvis — Janis Martin (2) Janis Martin (2) My Boy Elvis (Single) RCA Victor 47-6652 Germany 1956 Sell This Version
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47-6744 Let's Elope Baby — Janis Martin (2) Janis Martin (2) Let's Elope Baby (Single) RCA Victor 47-6744 US 1956 Sell This Version
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EP-1117 Elvis Presley Vol. 2 — Janis Martin (2) Elvis Presley, Janis Martin (2) Elvis Presley, Janis Martin (2) - Elvis Presley Vol. 2(7", EP, Mono) Victor EP-1117 Japan 1956 Sell This Version
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47-6560 Ooby-Dooby / One More Year To Go — Janis Martin (2) Janis Martin (2) Ooby-Dooby / One More Year To Go (Single) RCA Victor 47-6560 Australia 1956 Sell This Version
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20-6491 Drugstore Rock And Roll / Will You, Willyum — Janis Martin (2) Janis Martin (2) Drugstore Rock And Roll / Will You, Willyum (Single) RCA Victor 20-6491 Norway 1956 Sell This Version
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DJ-38, 47-6744, 47-6745 Let's Elope Baby / All I Can Do Is Cry  — Janis Martin (2) Janis Martin (2) / Otto Bash Janis Martin (2) / Otto Bash - Let's Elope Baby / All I Can Do Is Cry (7", EP, Mono, Promo) RCA Victor, RCA Victor, RCA Victor DJ-38, 47-6744, 47-6745 US 1956 Sell This Version
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S-263 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You / Will You, Willyum — Janis Martin (2) Elvis Presley / Janis Martin (2) Elvis Presley / Janis Martin (2) - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You / Will You, Willyum(Shellac, 10") Victor S-263 Japan 1956 Sell This Version
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47-6832 Love Me To Pieces — Janis Martin (2) Janis Martin (2) Love Me To Pieces (Single) RCA Victor 47-6832 Germany 1957 Sell This Version
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47-6983 I'll Never Be Free / Love And Kisses — Janis Martin (2) Janis Martin (2) I'll Never Be Free / Love And Kisses (Single) RCA Victor 47-6983 US 1957 Sell This Version
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47-7104 Billy Boy, Billy Boy — Janis Martin (2) Janis Martin (2) Billy Boy, Billy Boy (Single) RCA Victor 47-7104 US 1957 Sell This Version
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47-6832 Janis Martin (2) Love Me To Pieces(7", Single, Promo) RCA Victor 47-6832 US 1957 Sell This Version
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DJ-76, 47-6831, 47-6832 Untitled — Janis Martin (2) Hank Snow And His Rainbow Ranch Boys* / Janis Martin (2) Hank Snow And His Rainbow Ranch Boys* / Janis Martin (2) - Untitled(7", EP, Promo) RCA Victor, RCA Victor, RCA Victor DJ-76, 47-6831, 47-6832 US 1957 Sell This Version
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EPA-4093 Just Squeeze Me — Janis Martin (2) Janis Martin (2) Just Squeeze Me(7", EP) RCA Victor EPA-4093 US 1957 Sell This Version
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47-7184 Cracker Jack — Janis Martin (2) Janis Martin (2) Cracker Jack(7", Single) RCA Victor 47-7184 US 1958 Sell This Version
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PG.9000 Here Today And Gone Tomorrow Love / Hard Times Ahead — Janis Martin (2) Janis Martin (2) Here Today And Gone Tomorrow Love / Hard Times Ahead (Single) Palette PG.9000 UK 1960 Sell This Version
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PZ 5071 Cry Guitar / Teen Street — Janis Martin (2) Janis Martin (2) Cry Guitar / Teen Street (Single) Palette PZ 5071 US 1961 Sell This Version
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TS 982 Janis Martin (2), Éric Richard* Janis Martin (2), Éric Richard* - Teen Street ( La Calle De La Juventud ) / Mi Vida (Ma Vie)(7", Single, Mono) Disc Jockey TS 982 Argentina 1961 Sell This Version
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PSEP 1009 Cry Guitar  — Janis Martin (2) Janis Martin (2) Cry Guitar (7", EP, Mono) Palette PSEP 1009 Sweden 1961 Sell This Version
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BD-2085 I'm Moving On — Janis Martin (2) Janis Martin (2) I'm Moving On(7", Single) Big Dutch Label BD-2085 US 1977 Sell This Version
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PB 9211 My Boy Elvis — Janis Martin (2) Janis Martin (2) My Boy Elvis(7", Single) RCA Victor PB 9211 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
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PE 9494 My Boy Elvis — Janis Martin (2) Janis Martin (2) My Boy Elvis(7", EP) RCA PE 9494 UK 1980 Sell This Version
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SR30 Barefoot Baby / Love & Kisses — Janis Martin (2) Janis Martin (2) Barefoot Baby / Love & Kisses(7") Sleazy Records SR30 Spain 2011 Sell This Version
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V-1005 Let's Elope Baby — Janis Martin (2) Janis Martin (2) Let's Elope Baby(7", Single, RE) RCA Victor V-1005 2021 Sell This Version