El Paso by Marty Robbins

 

The 1960’s changed the course of rock & roll so its ironic that the first number one single of the decade was by a member of the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

Marty Robbins placed a number of singles on the Pop Chart during the 1950’s with “A White Sports Coat (And A Pink Carnation)” reaching number two. It was, however,  his series of GUNFIGHTER album that changed his career. They became both country and pop hits. His first volume sold over one million copies and produced the number one single “El Paso,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks beginning January 4, 1960.

It would be his only number one pop hit but he topped the country chart 17 times. He was also a race car driver in his spare time and competed in the Daytona 500. He developed heart problems and passed away at the age of 57 in 1982.

He was one of the first country artists to continually cross over to the pop chart and left behind a legacy of hundreds of songs including the first number one single of the 1960’s.

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One Response to El Paso by Marty Robbins

  1. terry says:

    1960 was the last year of the ’50s decade, 1961 was the first year of the ’60s. Billboard Archives got it wrong too. I was curious about what was the first number 1 of the sixties –
    ‘Elvis Presley – Are You Lonesome Tonight’.

    I liked ‘El Paso’ better.

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