Perhaps best known for his songs celebrating the American West.
Robbins’ highest charting album is 1959’s Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs. It charted to #6 on the all- genre Billboard 200, and was also certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album’s first single, “El Paso”, became a hit on both the country and pop charts, charting to Number One on the Hot Country Songs as well as the Billboard Hot 100.
Martin David Robinson (September 26, 1925 – December 8, 1982), known professionally as Marty Robbins, was an American singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, and racing driver. One of the most popular and successful country and western singers of all time for most of his near four-decade career, Robbins often topped the country music charts, and several of his songs also had crossover success as pop hits.
Robbins was born in Glendale, a suburb of Phoenix in Maricopa County, Arizona. His mother was mostly of Paiute Indian heritage. Robbins grew up in a difficult family situation. His father took odd jobs to support the family of 10 children, but his drinking led to divorce in 1937. Among his warmer memories of his childhood, Robbins recalled having listened to stories of the American West told by his maternal grandfather, Texas Bob Heckle, who was a local medicine man. At 17, Robbins left his troubled home to serve in the United States Navy as an LCT coxswain during World War II. He was stationed in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean. To pass the time during the war, he learned to play the guitar, started writing songs, and came to love Hawaiian music.
Robbins married Marizona “Mari” Baldwin on September 27, 1948. They had two children, Ronny and Janet, and were married 34 years until his death. After his discharge from the military in 1947 and his marriage the following year, Robbins began to play at local venues in Phoenix, then moved on to host his own show on KTYL and then his own television show on KPHO-TV in Phoenix. After Little Jimmy Dickens made a guest appearance on Robbins’ TV show, Dickens got Robbins a record deal with Columbia Records. Robbins became known for his appearances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Music journalist Mary Harron wrote the following about him in The Guardian:
“Robbins was a symbol of the Nashville establishment that younger country fans abandoned in the Seventies for the bleached-denim ‘outlaw school’ of Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Robbins belonged to the Jim Reeves era and he wore his embroidered cowboy suits proudly. Best known for the western ballad, El Paso, his career also touched the rock ‘n’ roll side of country in songs like White Sports Coat And A Pink Carnation, and he kept a touch of the dude about him to the end.”
In 1980, Robbins appeared on the PBS music program Austin City Limits (season 5). In addition to his recordings and performances, Robbins was an avid race car driver, competing in 35 career NASCAR Grand National (now Monster Energy Cup) races with six top-10 finishes, including the 1973 Firecracker 400. In 1967, Robbins played himself in the car racing film Hell on Wheels. Robbins was partial to Dodges prepared by NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Cotton Owens, and owned and raced Chargers and then a 1978 Dodge Magnum. He was also the driver of the 60th Indianapolis 500 Buick Century pace car in 1976. His last race was in a Junior Johnson-built 1982 Buick Regal in the Atlanta Journal 500 on November 7, 1982, a month
before his death.
before his death.
Robbins developed cardiovascular disease early in life. After his third heart attack on December 2, 1982, he underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery. He did not recover and died six days later, on December 8, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. He was 57 years old.
Music and honors
Although by 1960 Robbins’ output was largely country music, his initial hits like “Singing the Blues”, “Knee Deep in the Blues”, “The Story of My Life”, “She Was Only Seventeen”, and “A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation” were generally regarded as more pop/teen idol material than his hits from 1960 onwards (“El Paso” etc.). His 1957 recording of “A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation” sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold record. His musical accomplishments include the Grammy Award for his 1959 hit and signature song “El Paso”, taken from his album Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs. “El Paso” was his first song to hit No. 1 on the pop chart in the 1960s. It was followed up, successfully, by “Don’t Worry”, which reached No. 3 on the pop chart in 1961, becoming his third, and last, Top 10 pop hit. “El Paso” was followed by one prequel and one sequel: “Faleena From El Paso” and “El Paso City”. Also in 1961, Robbins wrote the words and music and recorded “I Told the Brook,” a ballad later recorded by Billy Thorpe.
He won the Grammy Award for the Best Country & Western Recording 1961 for his follow-up album More Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, and was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1970, for “My Woman, My Woman, My Wife”. Robbins was named Artist of the Decade (1960–1969) by the Academy of Country Music, was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1982, was rewarded three awards at the 17th Annual Music City News Country Awards in 1983, and was given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998 for his song “El Paso”.
When Robbins was recording his 1961 hit “Don’t Worry”, session guitarist Grady Martin accidentally created the electric guitar “fuzz” effect – his six-string bass was run through a faulty channel in a mixing console. Robbins decided to keep it in the final version. The song reached No. 1 on the country chart, and No. 3 on the pop chart. Robbins was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975. For his contribution to the recording industry, Robbins has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6666 Hollywood Boulevard.
Robbins has been honored by many bands, including the Grateful Dead who covered “El Paso” and Bob Weir & Kingfish who covered “Big Iron”. The Who’s 2006 album Endless Wire includes the song “God Speaks of Marty Robbins”. The song’s composer, Pete Townshend, explained that the song is about God deciding to create the universe just so he can hear some music, “and most of all, one of his best creations, Marty Robbins.”The Beasts of Bourbon released a song called “The Day Marty Robbins Died” on their 1984 debut album The Axeman’s Jazz. Both Frankie Laine and Elvis Presley, among others, recorded versions of Robbins’ song “You Gave Me a Mountain”, with Laine’s recording reaching the pop and adult contemporary charts in 1969. Though Elvis never recorded any of Robbins’ songs in the studio, he was a big fan and recorded “You Gave Me a Mountain” live in concert several times; it appeared on 15 Presley albums. Johnny Cash recorded a version of “Big Iron” as part of his American Recordings series, which is included in the Cash Unearthed box set. Cash also recorded other songs by Robbins, including “I Couldn’t Keep From Crying”, “Kate” and “Song Of The Patriot”. He held Robbins in high esteem, having him guest several times on his network TV show. “Big Iron” was also covered by Mike Ness on his album Under the Influences, on which he paid homage to country music artists. The song, originally released on Robbins’ 1959 album Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, gained renewed popularity following its use in the video game Fallout:
His song “El Paso” was featured in the series finale of the AMC TV series Breaking Bad. ‘El Paso’ was also featured in the Only Fools and Horses prequel made by the BBC.
Robbins was awarded an honorary degree by Northern Arizona University.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career 35 races run over 13 years
Best finish 48th (1974)
First race 1966 Nashville 400 (Nashville) Last race 1982 Atlanta Journal 500 (Atlanta) Wins Top tens Poles
NASCAR Grand National East Series career 1 race run over 1 year
First race 1972 Gamecock 200 (Columbia) Last race 1972 Gamecock 200 (Columbia) Wins Top tens Poles
Statistics current as of August 19, 2016.
Robbins loved NASCAR racing. With his musical successes, he was able to finance his avocation. Robbins always tried to run at the big race tracks (Talladega Superspeedway, Daytona International Speedway) every year and a smattering of the smaller races when time permitted.
Robbins’ cars were built and maintained by Cotton Owens. They were painted two-toned magenta and chartreuse, usually carrying car number 42 (though 6, 22, and 777 were also used). Over the years, he ran a few makes and models (Plymouths, Dodges or Fords) before buying a 1972-bodied Dodge Charger from Owens. Robbins had 6 top-ten finishes as well as a few major wrecks during the 1970s, and he had Owens rebuild the car to update the sheet metal to the 1973–1974 Charger specifications, and then finally 1978 Dodge Magnum sheet metal, which he raced till the end of 1980. Robbins’ final NASCAR race car was a 1981 Buick Regal that he rented and drove in a few races in 1981 and 1982.
In 1972, at the Talladega 500, Robbins stunned the competition by turning laps that were 15 mph faster than his qualifying time. After the race, NASCAR tried to bestow the Rookie of the Race award, but he would not accept it. He had knocked the NASCAR-mandated restrictors out of his carburetor and admitted he “just wanted to see what it was like to run up front for once.”
Robbins is credited with possibly saving Richard Childress’ life at the 1974 Charlotte 500 by deliberately crashing into a wall rather than t-bone Childress’s car that was stopped across the track.
In 1983, one year after Robbins’ death, NASCAR honored him by naming the annual race at Fairgrounds Speedway the Marty Robbins 420.
Robbins’ Dodge Magnum was restored by Owens and donated to the Talladega Museum by his family, and was displayed there from 1983 to 2008. The car is now in private hands in Southern California and raced on the Vintage NASCAR club circuit.
In 2014, Robbins’ 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona was featured on an episode of Discovery Channels TV show Fat and Furious: Rolling Thunder.In that same year, an episode of Velocity’s AmeriCarna featured ex- race team owner Ray Evernham spearheading the restoration of another of Robbins’ NASCAR racers, a 1964 Plymouth Belvedere.
For the 2016 Darlington throwback weekend, Kyle Larson’s No. 42 NASCAR Xfinity Series car was painted purple and gold in honor of Robbins.
Main article: Marty Robbins discography
Robbins’ discography consists of 52 studio albums, 13 compilation albums, and 100 singles. In his career, Robbins has charted 17 Number One singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, as well as 82 Top 40 singles.
Robbins’ highest charting album is 1959’s Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs. It charted to #6 on the all- genre Billboard 200, and was also certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album’s first single, “El Paso”, became a hit on both the country and pop charts, charting to Number One on the Hot Country Songs as well as the Billboard Hot 100. Although being his only pop Number One, in 1957, “A White Sport Coat” charted to #2, and in 1961, “Don’t Worry” charted to #3.
His final Top 10 single was “Honkytonk Man” from the 1982 eponymous film in which Robbins had a role. He died shortly before its release. Since his death, four posthumousstudio albums have been released, but they made no impact on the charts.
Marty Robbins discography
The discography of American country music singer Marty Robbins consists of 52 studio albums, 13 compilation albums, and 100 singles. In his career, Robbins has charted 17 Number One singles on the BillboardHot Country Songs charts, as well as 82 Top 40 singles.
Robbins' highest charting album is 1959's Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs. It charted to #6 on the all-genre Billboard 200, and was also certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album's first single, "El Paso", become a hit on both the country and pop charts, charting to Number One on the Hot Country Songs as well as the Billboard Hot 100. While that was his only pop Number One, in 1957, "A White Sport Coat" charted to #2, and in 1961, "Don't Worry" charted to #3.
Since his death in 1982, four posthumous studio albums have been released, although they did not make an impact on the charts.
His final Top 10 single was "Honkytonk Man" in 1982, which is the title of the film Robbins had starred in. However, he died shortly before the release of the film.
- A Lifetime of Song(1988)
- Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs(1989)(1999)
- American Originals(1990)
- Rockin' Rollin' Robbins, vol. 1(1990)
- Rockin' Rollin' Robbins, vol. 2(1990)
- Hawaii's Calling Me(1990)
- Musical Journey to Caribbean And Mexico(1990)
- Rockin' Rollin' Robbins, vol. 3(1991)
- All-Time Greatest Hits(1991)
- More Greatest Hits(1991)
- All-Time Greatest Hits(1992)
- Legendary Marty Robbins(1993)
- Lost And Found(1994)
- Song of Robbins(1995)
- Super Hits(1995)
- Under Western Skies(1995)
- All American Country(1995)
- Singin' the Hits(1995)
- No. 1 Cowboy(1996)
- Story of My Life(1996)
- Best of Marty Robbins(1996)
- Rock'n Roll Robbins(1996)
- Marty After Midnight(1997)
- The Drifter(1997)
- 16 Biggest Hits(1998)
- What God Has Done(2001)
- Live Classics(2001)
- Just a Little Sentimental/Turn the Lights Down(2002)
- All Around Cowboy(2004)
- Early Years(2004)
- Love Songs(2004)
- Pretty Words(2005)
- Best of Marty Robbins(2006)
- Sing Me Something Sentimental(2006)
- Castle In the Sky(2006)
- Knee Deep in the Blues(2007)
- Rockin' Robbins(2007)
- Country Music Legends(2007)
- Grande Ole Opry(2007)
- Legend Lives On(2008)
- Mister Teardrop(2008)
- Essential Gunfighter Ballads And More(2008)
- Have I Told You Lately That I Love You/I've Got a Woman's Love(2010)
- Singing Gunfighter(2010)
- I Walk Alone/It's a Sin(2010)
- El Paso: Greatest Hits And Favorites(2010)
- El Paso: Marty Robbins Story;1952-1960(2012)
- My Woman, My Woman, My Wife/Marty After Midnight(2012)
- Return to Me : Columbia Country Hits; 1959-1982(2013)
- Legends/Come Back to Me(2013)
- El Paso City/Adios Amigo(2013)
- 101 Devil Woman: Best of Marty Robbins(2013)
- Just a Little Sentimental/Devil Woman(2013)
- By the Time I get to Phoenix/Tonight Carmen(2013)
- Devil Woman: 30 Greatest Hits(2014)
- Six Classic Albums Plus Bonus Tracks(2014)
- 20 the Century Drifter: MCA Years(2014)
- Songs From a Gunfighter(2015)
- Today/Don't Let Me Touch You(2016)
- All Around Cowboy/Everything I Always Wanted(2016)
- RFD/My Kind of Country(2016)
- Marty Robbins(2016)
- Devil Woman: Four Lps And Six Singles; 1961-1962(2017)
- Devil Woman/Portrait of Mary(2017)
- Complete Recordings: 1952-1960(2017)
- Four Classic Albums(2018)
- The Drifter/Saddle Tramp/What God Has Done/Christmas With Marty Robbins(2018)
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Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs
1959 studio album by Marty Robbins
Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs is the fifth studio album by Marty Robbins, released on the Columbia Records label in September 1959 and peaking at #6 on the U.S. pop albums chart. It was recorded in a single eight-hour session on April 7, 1959, and was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1965 and Platinum in 1986. It is perhaps best known for Robbins' most successful single, "El Paso", a major hit on both the country and pop music charts, as well as for its opening track "Big Iron," a song that gained a resurgence in popularity online as an Internet meme.
Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs reached #1 in both the country and pop music charts at the start of 1960 and won the Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording the following year. A follow-up album of cowboy songs, More Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, was released in 1960. In 2017, Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant."
AllMusic gave the album four-and-a-half stars, calling it "the single most influential album of Western songs in post-World War II American music". It is included in every revision of the list of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
Years after the album's release, members of the Western Writers of America chose six of its songs as being among the Top 100 Western Songs of all time. Three of them were written by Robbins: "El Paso", "Big Iron", and "The Master's Call". Three were written and previously recorded by others: "Cool Water", "Billy the Kid", and "The Strawberry Roan".
In 1999 the album was reissued for compact disc on the Legacy Records label with the tracks resequenced and with three bonus tracks, including the full length version of "El Paso". It was part of Sony's American Milestones reissue series for classic country and western albums including, among others, At Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash and Red Headed Stranger by Willie Nelson.
In 2010, with the release of Obsidian Entertainment'sFallout New Vegas, the album was rediscovered by people who played the game and listened to the in-game radio. Although the radio feature only included "Big Iron," the song caused players to seek out the entire album, discovering the other songs online. Many Internet memes were created as a result, with the most common being parodies and edits of the album cover and edits/mashups of "Big Iron".
1999 reissue track listing
|1.||"Big Iron"||Marty Robbins||3:56|
|2.||"A Hundred and Sixty Acres"||David Kapp||1:40|
|3.||"They're Hanging Me Tonight"||James Low, Art Wolpert||3:05|
|4.||"Cool Water"||Bob Nolan||3:09|
|5.||"Billy the Kid"||traditional||2:19|
|7.||"The Strawberry Roan"||Curley Fletcher||3:25|
|8.||"The Master's Call"||Marty Robbins||3:05|
|9.||"Running Gun"||Tompall Glaser, Jim Glaser||2:10|
|10.||"El Paso"||Marty Robbins||4:19|
|11.||"In the Valley"||Marty Robbins||1:48|
|12.||"The Little Green Valley"||Carson Robison||2:26|
|13.||"The Hanging Tree"||Jerry Livingston, Mack David||2:50|
|14.||"Saddle Tramp"||Marty Robbins||2:03|
|15.||"El Paso" (full length version)||Marty Robbins||4:38|
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Marty Robbins’s 1959 album "Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs" has been critically acclaimed as a pioneering work as a concept album, one of the first of its kind in the country and western genre. This paper explores Robbins’s use of the cowboy image, tracing its origins in American popular culture to its adoption by country music artists, to emphasize the image’s historical significance and influence. Robbins’s career in Nashville’s country music industry in the 1950s is examined, illustrating his versatility as a musician as well his frustrations with the business. "Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs" is evidence of a country artist experimenting with a new format, the long-playing record (LP), and large-scale narratives in a musical era that was dominated by the two-and-a-half minute single. Robbins’s use of the cowboy image and his western musical brand combine to create Robbins’s concept of the Old West on "Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs."
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