Rock music has a countless number of forgotten pioneers and heroes, Rockabilly legend Janis Martin was both. Janis passed away yesterday at the age of 67 after a battle with cancer. Along with Wanda Jackson, Lorrie Collins and a few other fiery ladies in the fifties, Martin paved the way for singers ranging from Nancy Sinatra to Maria Mckee but her influence is rarely acknowledged.
Highly recommended is the collection from the always astounding Bear Family, THE FEMALE ELVIS: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS 1956-1960 which includes such unforgettable tracks as MY BOY ELVIS and BANG BANG.
Martin was a true pioneer, a gutsy performer and should be remembered. Her MySpace site featuring a few of her country tinged rock classics is highly recommended and can be found at http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=78499207 Also a simple google search will bring up several valuable sites and articles...rest in peace Janis.