El Paso by Marty Robbins

May 8, 2014


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.

El Paso 45 by Marty Robbins

June 10, 2011

Marty Robbins, 1925-1982, released over 50 studio albums and 100 singles. He had dozens and dozens of hits on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop and Country charts.

The story song, “El Paso,” was his biggest hit. Released near the end of 1959, it would top the BILLBOARD Pop Chart for two weeks and their country chart for six weeks. It would win a Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Song.

“El Paso” was an unusual single at the time, as it was just over four and a half minutes in length. It was a love song in which the hero dies in his lovers arms.

Marty Robbins received just about every honor a country singer could hope for, but “El Paso” remains his greatest song.