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| Marty was born in Glendale, Arizona, and grew up around music. His father played
harmonica and his grandfather, who used to travel with a medicine show
taught the young Marty how to sing the old time cowboy songs while telling him tales of
the old west.
Marty began singing in public, and actually make a few dollors in Phoenix clubs. This lead him to regular appearances on the local TV and radio stations. It was during one of these performances that Little Jimmy Dickens heard and met Marty. Dickens was so impressed with the youngster's talent and the wide range of cowboy songs that he went back to his record label Columbia and urged them to bring this young man on board. Columbia took Dickens advise, and in the spring of 1953 they released the song "I'll Go On Alone". After that Marty scored hit after hit on both pop and country charts. Some of the best known are "White Sports Coat", "Devil Woman", and of course [who will ever forget?] "El Paso".
Marty Robbins' "El Paso" was the first country song ever to win a Grammy Award. Marty said "I always wanted to write a song about El Paso Because traditionally that is where the West begins". He also holds the unique distinction of being the last person to perform at the Grand Ole Opry's former home The Ryman Auditorium, and the first to play at the new home Opryland.
Marty once said "Had I been born a little sooner, the cowboy life is the kind of life I'd liked to have lived". Although he didn't actually live the cowboy life, he painted a musical picture of it that was and is lived by the fans and listeners of his music.
Marty Robbins passed away December 8th, 1982
My thanks to Colin Alderson from South
Australia for supplying this article. If you
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