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Janis Martin - My Boy Elvis
1956


Janis Martin
March 27, 1940 — September 3, 2007


"The Female Elvis"
— RCA Promotion
Barry Dixon
Young Janis Martin Janis Martin in RCA studio Janis Martin with guitar Janis Martin singing Janis Martin in 2004
LEFT: Born into a musical family in 1940, Janis was singing and playing guitar by the age of six . She won a string of talent contests as a youngster and by 1953 was a regular on the Old Dominion Barndance. She toured with Barndance for the next two years and recorded a demo song called Will you, Willyum. LEFT CENTER: RCA Victor heard the demo and signed her immediately. RCA had just signed Elvis, so billed Janis as "The Female Elvis Presley." Her song, backed with self-penned Drugstore Rock and Roll, was released in 1956 to become a big hit, opening many doors for 15-year-old Janis. For the next three years she toured extensivley throughout the US and Canada while gaining national exposure on such television shows as American Bandstand, The Tonight Show and Ozark Jubilee. In 1956 she recorded her signature song, My Boy Elvis. CENTER: By 1958 the pressures of an early marriage and motherhood forced her withdrawal from the music business. RIGHT CENTER: In the 1970s, after two marriages, Janis was free again to pursue her music career. She's popular in Europe where her rockabilly is embraced and, with her group, the Variations, plays American dates with a repertoire ranging from Country to Big Band. RIGHT: Janis, in 2004, at the Rockers Reunion in Reading, England.
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"Most Promising Female Artist of 1956"

BILLBOARD Magazine Award


.Featured Sites .

Janis Martin - Rockabilly Hall of Fame
Janis Martin - Our Girl Janis
Janis Martin - History of Rock site
Rockabilly Hall
of Fame
insighful article in the Nashville Scene
History of Rock
site

Other Recommended Sites
The Women of Rockabilly
companion website to the film
Rockabilly Girls, Gals & Women
artists / links / and more


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Go Cat Go!
Go Cat Go - Rockabilly Music and its Makers - Craig Morrison
Rockabilly Music
and Its Makers
by Craig Morrison
1992



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Janis Martin:
The Female Elvis
Janis Martin:
Master & Studio
Outtakes
Janis Martin:
Here I Am
Janis Martin - The Female Elvis
Janis Martin - Master and Studio Outtakes
Janis Martin - Here I Am
Complete Recordings
1956-1960
Bear Family
1 CD / 30 tracks
1996
1956-1960
Bear Family
1 CD / 30 tracks
2006
Hydra Records
1 CD / 19 tracks
2001


Janis Martin:
Love and Kisses
Janis Martin - Love and Kisses
LP Record
Bear Family
1 LP / ? tracks
2003


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The Women of Rockabilly
Janis Martin - The Women of Rockabilly
A documentary by Beth Harrington
95 minutes
2004
info / order
VHS | DVD




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