Rockabilly Pioneer Janis Martin Dies
September 5, 2007 at 5:43 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of rockabilly pioneer JANIS MARTIN, who died of cancer MONDAY (9/3) in DURHAM, NC at 67.
MARTIN, billed as "THE FEMALE ELVIS," was a teenage rockabilly star in the 1950s, recording for RCA by the age of 15 and scoring a Top 10 hit in 1956 with "Will You Willyum," but was dropped by RCA in 1958 after the discovery that she had eloped at 15 and was having a child; she subsequently recorded for KING, DECCA, and PALETTE, emerging from semi-retirement in the 1970s to tour EUROPE, where she remained popular. She was scheduled to perform at a concert in ENGLAND on JULY 4 but had to cancel due to her illness.