Hello, Marty Robbins began charting hit records on the Billboard pop charts in 1956 with his recording of SINGING THE BLUES. That record became a #17 hit on the Top 100 and was followed in April of 1957 by the all-time classic recording of, A WHITE SPORT COAT (And A Pink Carnation), a million-seller that just missed the #1 spot on the Billboard pop chart, as it charted at #2.
Marty Robbins was born Martin David Robinson on September 26, 1925 in Glendale, Arizona. The multi-talanted singer/songwriter charted 94 hits on the C&W chart between 1952 and 1983. Marty charted 24 hit records on the Billboard Top 100 and Hot 100 between 1956 and 1970. Marty with fellow country artists, Eddy Arnold, Johnny Cash and Jim Reeves, were the first major country artists to have a big impact on the Billboard and Cashbox Magazine’s pop charts.
Marty Robbins followed up A WHITE SPORT COAT (And A Pink Carnation) with his next big pop hit. In November of 1957, his recording of THE STORY OF MY LIFE made its Billboard Top 100 debut. The record was a huge hit, climbing to #15 on the Top 100. The record was so popular that it stayed on the Top 100 for 24 weeks. THE STORY OF MY LIFE charted at #2 on the Australian Singles Chart. Marty’s huge hit record was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David…the legendary Ray Conniff provided the music on this Columbia Records classic. The flip-side of the record was a song written by Marty Robbins…ONCE-A-WEEK DATE. The ballad is a song of a young man who is sad because he can only be with his girlfriend for a ONCE-A-WEEK-DATE. The record did not chart, it should have, but the “A” side was so big that it left little play time for Marty on AM pop radio.
All of Marty Robbins big pop hits were on Columbia Records, his long time label…as were most of his country hits. He was on Decca and MCA Records for a while in the mid 1970s. The great Marty Robbins would continue to chart huge country and pop hits in the years to come, including his landmark recording of EL PASO. Marty passed away in December of 1982, at the age of 57…his music is his legacy…and we are the beneficiaries of that legacy….
Till the next time—Joe