Welcome, classic country classic fans.  Today were going to feature Marty Robbins. A listener requested we focus on Robbins' early music career.

Marty Robbins was born in Glendale, a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona September 26, 1925.  After his discharge from the military in 1947, he played local clubs in Phoenix then hosted his own radio show on KPHO and soon after had his own television show on KPHO TV in Phoenix.  Jimmy Dickens was a guest on his TV show and was very impressed with Robbins and helped get him a recording contact.

Robbins joined the Grand Ole Opry in January of 1953 and moved to Nashville.  “A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnations” was a 1957 crossover hit that he wrote in just 20 minutes.  The song reached number two on the pop chart.

His musical accomplishments were many.  He won a Grammy Award for his 1959 hit “El Paso.”  Robbins loved NASCAR Racing and raced occasionally when time permitted.  Robbins recorded 52 studio albums, 13 compilation albums and had 100 singles over thirty years.  He also charted 17 number one singles on the country chart as well as several top 40 singles.

On September 27, 1948, Robbins married Marizona Baldwin. They had two children -- a son, Ronny, and a daughter, Janet.

Marty Robbins a musician, songwriter, actor and NASCAR driver passed away December 8, 1982 at age 57 from a heart attack, his third.



Join me at 11 am for the Sunday Morning Country Classic Spotlight featuring Marty Robbins, August 14.

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