Janis Martin (2)

Real Name:
Janis Darlene Martin
Profile:
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 see 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

Janis Martin (2) - The Blanco Sessions album art Janis Martin (2) The Blanco Sessions (Album) Cow Island Music US 2012 Sell This Version
BCD 16154 AR Janis Martin (2) - Masters & Studio Outtakes album art Janis Martin (2) Masters & Studio Outtakes(CD, Album) Bear Family Records BCD 16154 AR Unknown Sell This Version
671, 1001 Janis Martin (2) - That Rockin' Country Gal album art Janis Martin (2) That Rockin' Country Gal(LP, Album) Bella Records (7), Bella Records (7) 671, 1001 Germany Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Janis Martin (2) - Ooby-Dooby / One More Year To Go album art Janis Martin (2) Ooby-Dooby / One More Year To Go (Single) RCA Victor US 1956 Sell This Version
Janis Martin (2) - Drugstore Rock And Roll album art Janis Martin (2) Drugstore Rock And Roll (Single) RCA Victor Canada 1956 Sell This Version
EP-1117 Janis Martin (2) - Elvis Presley vol. 2 album art 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
Janis Martin (2) - My Boy Elvis album art Janis Martin (2) My Boy Elvis (Single) RCA Victor Germany 1956 Sell This Version
Janis Martin (2) - Let's Elope Baby album art Janis Martin (2) Let's Elope Baby (Single) RCA Victor US 1956 Sell This Version
DJ-38, 47-6744, 47-6745 Janis Martin (2) - Untitled album art Janis Martin* / Otto Bash Janis Martin* / Otto Bash - Untitled(7", EP, Mono, Promo) RCA Victor, RCA Victor, RCA Victor DJ-38, 47-6744, 47-6745 US 1956 Sell This Version
Janis Martin (2) - Love Me To Pieces album art Janis Martin (2) Love Me To Pieces (Single) RCA Victor Germany 1957 Sell This Version
Janis Martin (2) - I'll Never Be Free / Love And Kisses album art Janis Martin (2) I'll Never Be Free / Love And Kisses RCA Victor US 1957 Sell This Version
DJ-76, 47-6831, 47-6832 Janis Martin (2) - Untitled album art 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
47-7104 Janis Martin (2) - Billy Boy, Billy Boy / All Right Baby album art Janis Martin (2) Billy Boy, Billy Boy / All Right Baby(7", Single) RCA Victor 47-7104 US 1957 Sell This Version
47-7184 Janis Martin (2) - Cracker Jack album art Janis Martin (2) Cracker Jack(7", Single) RCA Victor 47-7184 US 1958 Sell This Version
Janis Martin (2) - Here Today And Gone Tomorrow Love / Hard Times Ahead album art Janis Martin (2) Here Today And Gone Tomorrow Love / Hard Times Ahead (Single) Palette UK 1960 Sell This Version
Janis Martin (2) - Cry Guitar / Teen Street album art Janis Martin (2) Cry Guitar / Teen Street (Single) Palette US 1961 Sell This Version
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
PSEP 1009 Janis Martin (2) - Cry Guitar  album art Janis Martin (2) Cry Guitar (7", EP, Mono) Palette PSEP 1009 Sweden 1961 Sell This Version
PE 9494 Janis Martin (2) - My Boy Elvis album art Janis Martin (2) My Boy Elvis(7", EP) RCA PE 9494 UK 1978 Sell This Version
PB 9211 Janis Martin (2) - My Boy Elvis album art Janis Martin (2) My Boy Elvis(7", Single) RCA Victor PB 9211 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
SR30 Janis Martin (2) - Barefoot Baby / Love & Kisses album art Janis Martin (2) Barefoot Baby / Love & Kisses(7") Sleazy Records SR30 Spain 2011 Sell This Version
SS-1004 Janis Martin (2) - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You / Will You, Willyum album art Elvis Presley / Janis Martin (2) Elvis Presley / Janis Martin (2) - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You / Will You, Willyum(7") Victor SS-1004 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
47-6831, 47-6832 Janis Martin (2) - Calypso Heart, Marriage And Divorce / Love Me To Pieces, Two Long Years album art Hank Snow And His Rainbow Ranch Boys, Janis Martin (2) Hank Snow And His Rainbow Ranch Boys, Janis Martin (2) - Calypso Heart, Marriage And Divorce / Love Me To Pieces, Two Long Years(7", Maxi, Mono) RCA Victor, RCA Victor 47-6831, 47-6832 Unknown Sell This Version
BD-2085 Janis Martin (2) I'm Moving On(7", Single) Big Dutch Label BD-2085 US Unknown Sell This Version
4969 Janis Martin (2) - William album art The Female Elvis Janis Martin* With The Jordanaires The Female Elvis Janis Martin* With The Jordanaires - William(7", EP) Dog Gone Records 4969 Unknown Sell This Version