Marty Robbins is one of the most well known and successful country music recording artists in history. His career spanned over forty years, and he released several number one hits. Though Robbins died tragically young, at only 57, he will always be remembered by his fans.
The footage that Robbins left behind tells the story of a man with many passions. He won Grammys, released music that is still played to this day, and left an indelible mark on the country scene. Before he became an iconic singer, though, Robbins had another passion: racing.
Robbins served in the U.S. Navy for five years. While stationed in the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific during World War II, he picked up a guitar to pass the time. When he returned home after being discharged in 1947, he began hosting his own show and playing in venues in his hometown of Phoenix.
While he pursued his musical career, he followed his dreams of racing, as well. It’s hard to say which was more successful. He placed in the top tens in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one top ten finish in the NASCAR Grand National East Series.
This multi-talented man sure knew his cars, and his music. Robbins song ‘El Paso’ is arguably his greatest hit, topping both the country and pop charts, and earning him a Grammy in 1961.
Watch Robbins perform ‘El Paso’ in this rare live recording below!
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