Happy birthday, Imelda May! Johnny got a boom boom!
Today, 10 July, is Imelda Mayâs birthday.â£
â£This Irish singer was first known for her musical styleâand fashion: that trademark blonde streak and leopard-print dress!âof rockabilly revival; she had adored rockabilly since encountering Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran on a tape she borrowed from her brotherâs bedroom aged 13. Her second studio album, Love Tattoo, with the debut single âJohnny Got a Boom Boomâ made her gained significant popularity in Ireland and the United Kingdom.â£
â£She made her solid breakthrough after she met with a booking agent for Jools Holand. The guy gave May a support slot for Holland at Kew Gardens, London, quickly followed by a 10-date tour. Immediately, record companies started calling. She then signed with Decca.â£
â£In July 2015, she was asked by independent.ie whether her next album would retain her rockabilly sound, a big mistake million-dollar question.â£
â£âPeople see my hair and they think rockabilly, and I mean thereâs a lot of rockabilly in what I do, but thereâs equal amount of blues and jazz and thereâs all kind of genres. It happens all the time that people ask about it and people presume, but Iâm not a rockabilly artist and I never have been.ââ£
â£Oh well, happy birthday and thanks for your contribution to rockabilly, Imelda May!â£
Cover photo via NPR.
Slide photo via Azaria Magazine.