Personalities | Marty Robbins | Nashville & Beyond | Country

(Vocals, songwriter, 1925–82)

One of country music’s most versatile singers and energetic stage performers, Martin David Robison, born near Glendale, Arizona, possessed a fluid, empathetic baritone that enabled him to master a variety of music idioms, including country, pop and western (cowboy) songs. One of the most popular figures on the Grand Ole Opry from 1953 until his death from a heart attack nearly three decades later, Robbins topped the charts repeatedly in the 1950s and 1960s with teen pop ballads (‘A White Sport Coat And A Pink Carnation’), country odes (‘You Gave Me A Mountain’) and ballads of the Old West (‘El Paso’ and ‘Big Iron’).

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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