MARTIN, JANIS

BAREFOOT BABY / LOVE AND KISSES (SLEAZY RECORDS)

MARTIN, JANIS - BAREFOOT BABY / LOVE AND KISSES 117272
Format:
1 7"
Release:
17.11.2017
Label:
SLEAZY RECORDS
Kat.-Nr.:
117272
Barcode:
8436022625792
Born in Sutherlin, Virginia, in March 27, 1940. Died in Durham, North Carolina, in September 3, 2007.

Too good to be true. That's probably the first thought that came into Steve Sholes' mind after hearing a fifteen year-old girl perform a song titled "Will You Willyum" and modeled after the style that was tearing up the nation.

The name of that precocious talent was Janis Martin and, of course, Sholes signed her to RCA, the same label that had bought Elvis out of his previous Sun contract.

Coming from a musical family that loved the sounds of Hank Williams or Eddy Arnold, Janis had started playing guitar at a very early age and soon she was entering talent contests, performing on the radio and touring with Country stars such as Ernest Tubb, The Carter Family or Cowboy Copas.

When she discovered the music of black artists as Ruth Brown or La Vern Baker, the circle was finally completed.

March 8, 1956 saw Martin's debut session for RCA. Accompanied by some of the best Nashville studio musicians, her first release included the self-penned "Drugstore Rock'n'Roll", becoming an instant hit and urging the label to get more material.

Rock'n'Roll was the name of the game and Elvis the top singer of the country, so somebody at RCA thought that it would be a good idea to use his name to promote Janis' records and, after receiving the mandatory permission from Presley's manager, she was billed as the female Elvis from then on even though she only met the singer a couple of times.

Subsequent sessions produced classic tracks as "My Boy Elvis", "Little Bit", "Cracker Jack", "Bang Bang" or "Barefoot Baby" and "Love and Kisses", both included here and recorded in New York, and although her new recordings failed in getting the impact of the first release, a constant demand for TV, radio and personal appearances kept her busy and active.

Secretly married, Janis' husband was serving overseas in the Army and when she visited him during a tour of American bases in Europe, she got pregnant.

The marriage didn't last long, but that was the end of her RCA contract. By 1960, now on her second marriage, she was signed by Palette Records and two singles were released without commercial result.

After that, she quit touring and stayed home with her family, playing occasional local gigs.

However, there was already a place for her among the greatest as she could learn in the seventies when the Rock'n'Roll revival brought her to Europe and she resumed her career by performing in front of younger Rock'n'Roll fans, giving her best for the next three decades with continuous gigs in Europe and her own country.

Janis final show took place on March 24, 2007. Less than six months later, cancer claimed the life of this true Rockabilly Queen.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. BAREFOOT BABY
  • 1.2. LOVE ANDKISSES