One of the first great women in rock died Labor Day. Janis Martin, a rockabilly star of the 1950’s who retired in 1961 at age 21(!) only to come out of retirement and reclaim her legacy in the 1980’s, lost her battle with cancer.
Like Lorrie Collins and Wanda Jackson, Martin belonged to the small coterie of women rockers from the first flowering of the music in the mid 1950’s. And like every woman in every profession, she struggled for equal opportunity and recognition in a male dominated culture…
No amount of memorializing or proselytizing for Martin would do her talent, her work, or her legacy the credit it deserves. So let’s just appreciate a great singer and composer who deserved her title – “The Female Elvis”:
For more of Martin’s great music, check her myspace site.
Categories: American Culture