Marty Robbins, 1960s Man of the Decade

Marty Robbins was an American country music singer, songwriter, and musician. He was born on September 26, 1925, in Glendale, Arizona, and grew up in a large family. His real name was Martin David Robinson, but he later changed it to Marty Robbins.

Robbins started his career as a singer in the late 1940s, performing on local radio stations in Arizona. Thanks to ‘Little’ Jimmy Dickens, he signed his first recording contract in 1951 with Columbia Records and released his first single, “Love Me or Leave Me Alone,” in 1952. However, it was his 1953 hit “I’ll Go on Alone” that launched him to stardom.

Throughout the 1950s and ‘60s, Robbins continued to produce hit after hit, including “A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation),” “El Paso,” and “Don’t Worry.” He was known for his smooth voice, his storytelling abilities, and his love of Western and Mexican-style music.

Marty Robbins and Others from The Drifter via Country Road TV Screen Grab

In addition to his success as a singer, Robbins was also a talented songwriter. He wrote many of his own songs, including “El Paso,” which won him a Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording in 1961.

Marty Robbins was no stranger to accolades and awards.  In addition to multiple Grammy Awards as well as Gold and Platinum Records, he was honored with the prestigious “Man of the Decade” Award by the Academy of Country Music on March 13, 1970.

Today, Marty Robbins is remembered as one of the most influential and successful country music artists of all time. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1982, and his music continues to be enjoyed by fans around the world.

Watch this video of Marty Robbins with Don Winters and Bob Sykes singing “El Paso” from Country Road TV. To see more videos, go to

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