DIARY - 24 DECEMBER 2003 - MARTY ROBBINS
ROBBINS RIDES AGAIN
born Marty Robbins, real name Martin David Robinson, surpassed many
peers by being a prolific chart topper in his 57-year life.
The son of a harmonica player owed much of his story telling to his
grandpa 'Texas Bob Heckle' - a travelling medicine man.
Born, near Glendale, he did a three-year stint in the Navy before
singing for his supper in Phoenix while working in the day as a truck
driver and in construction and well drilling.
Robbins' career began as a Gene Autry protégé in 1950
when he appeared on local radio and hosted his own TV show Western
His vocal prowess and movie roles inspired generations of stars after
he debuted in 1952 with Love Me Or Leave Me Alone.
vocal style, much imitated by many younger protégées, enabled
him to top both the country and pop charts in the fifties and sixties.
Singing The Blues, White Sport Coat, The Story Of My Life, She Was
Only 17 and latter day smashes Don't Worry, El Paso, Devil Woman,
Big Iron and My Woman, My Woman, My Wife ensured his longevity.
expanded his profile with diverse acting roles.
They included Badge of Marshall Brennan in 1957 - it starred Jim
Davis and featuring Marty.
Raiders of Old California - 1957 - starring Jim Davis, Arleen Whelan,
Faron Young and co-starring Marty Robbins, Lee Van Cleef.
Buffalo Gun - 1958 - Also starring Webb Pierce and Carl Smith.
Features The Same Two Lips and Clementine.
Country Music Jubilee - 1960 - also starring Ernest Tubb, Carl
Smith, Faron Young, Ray Price, and Hawkshaw Hawkins.
Ballad of a Gunfighter - 1963 - Featuring the song, San Angelo.
Country Music Caravan - 1964 - Also starring Jim Reeves, Carl Smith,
Faron Young, Ernest Tubb, and Ray Price.
Tennessee Jamboree - 1964 - Also starring Jim Reeves, Webb Pierce,
and Carl Smith.
Hell on Wheels - 1967 - Songs by Marty include No Tears Milady,
The Shoe Goes on the Other Foot, Fly Butterfly Fly, This Song, Darling
Would You Take Me Back Again and I'll Have To Make Some Changes.
From Nashville With Music - 1969 - It stars Buck Owens, Charley
Pride, Merle Haggard, and Carl Smith. Marty performs Tonight Carmen,
The Shoe Goes On the Other Foot Tonight and Singing the Blues.
Guns of a Stranger - 1972 - Songs include The Drifter, The Dreamer,
Restless Cattle, Lonely Old Bunkhouse, The Wind Goes, Oh Virginia
and Mr. Rutledge.
Country Music - 1972 - also features Sammy Jackson, Barbara Mandrell,
Dottie West, Carl Smith, Don Winters, Bobby Sykes, Bobby Allison, and
Richard Petty. Marty plays himself.
Songs by Marty include, El Paso, My Woman, My Woman, My Wife, Don't
Worry, Devil Woman, Washed My Hands in Muddy Water, The Best Part of Living
is Loving You, The Hand's You're Holding Now, Begging To You, and
They'll Never Take Her Love From Me.
Honkytonk Man - 1982 - Starring Clint Eastwood and Kyle Eastwood.
Marty has a cameo appearance and sings the title song.
He also appeared in The Road To Nashville and the ABC TV telemovie
mainstream airplay in four decades from the fifties and made three Australian
tours including a national foray with Saltbush in February-March 1977.
He also flew to Australia for exclusive gigs at the Mooroopna Country
Music Festival in the Goulburn Valley dairy and citrus belt in Victoria
on November 2 and 3, 1974.
When I last interviewed Marty for the Sydney Daily Mirror in 1981 he joked
about his return to racecar driving despite a heart attack.
But it wasn't the stresses of driving that killed him - he was a workaholic.
DVD YOU CAN WIN
AT TOWN HALL PARTY
Marty Robbins At Town Hall Party (Umbrella-AV Channel) embraces
early success with music ranging from pop, country and Hawaiian songs
The concerts on February 2 and October 3, 1959, open with I Can't Quit
and a medley before smashes - A White Sport Coat, The Story Of My Life
and Just Married.
These interviews are quaint period pieces and the live segment features
chart toppers The Hanging Tree, Stairway Of Love, Nothing But Sweet
Lies and Joe Hudgins (Where Did You Stay Last Night.)
Ironically Marty's final Top 10 hit was Some Memories Won't Die
shortly before his death from a heart attack on December 8, 1982.
The singer, regular Grand Ole Opry artist, was the last to appear at the
Ryman before the historic show was moved to Opryland.
The Robbins legend has lived on down the later decades.
Wife Marizona, son Ronnie Robbins and daughter Janet survived the celebrated
known as a songwriter, also recorded original songs for Columbia and Epic
and Janet pursued a musical career with several albums including 1998
CD All The World.
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