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Country singer Marty Robbins is known for hits such as "El Paso," "My Woman, My Woman, My Wife" and "Among My Souvenirs."
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He drove right down to the station and earned a place on the show.
By the close of the 1940s, Robbins had his own radio program called Chuck Wagon Time as well as his own local TV show Western Caravan. He landed a deal with Columbia Records in 1951, after a talent scout watched Robbins working in the studio on Western Caravan. The following year, Robbins released his first single, "Love Me or Leave Me Alone" (1952). This effort was not especially successful,
but he soon scored the first of his many top ten singles with his 1953 song "I'll Go on Alone." He landed another hit months later with "I Couldn't Keep from Crying."
Around this same time, Robbins was invited to become a regular member of the Grand Ole Opry, the nation's most popular country radio show. The show was broadcast live every week out of Nashville, Tennessee. Over the next 25 years, Robbins remained a staple of Grand Ole Opry cast, starring alongside such other country music greats as Chet Akins, Jimmie Rodgers and Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters.
Robbins's first No. 1 single on the country charts was the 1956 hit "Singing the Blues." He followed with two more number-one songs in 1957, "A White Sport Coat" and "The Story of My Life." That same year, Robbins also enjoyed two more significant hits, "Knee Deep in the Blues" and "Please Don't Blame Me." Before long, Robbins was a country star on the rise.
In 1959, Robbins released an album called Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs. The record featured two of his most popular and enduring songs: "El Paso" and "Big Iron." "El Paso" won the Grammy Award for best country and western recording. With a big, resonant voice and a flair for storytelling in the old Western mode of his grandfather, Robbins continued to churn out chart-topping songs through the 1960s. His most famous tracks of the era include "Devil Woman," "Beggin' to You," "The Cowboy in the Continental Suit," "Ruby Ann" and "Ribbon of Darkness."
Meanwhile, Robbins was indulging a lifelong fascination with auto racing. He began in the early 1960s by racing stock cars on small dirt tracks. By the end of the decade, he had progressed from small, local races to the NASCAR Grand National division. Robbins competed with the likes of Richard Petty and Cale Yarbrough on the NASCAR circuit.
In the late 1960s, Robbins suffered a major heart attack near the end of the 1960s. But his health problems didn't sidelined him for long. By the end of 1969, he had scored his biggest hit in years with the ballad "My Woman, My Woman, My Wife." This song brought Robbins his second Grammy award.
Robbins also continued NASCAR racing until 1975. That year, he experienced three near fatal crashes and finally decided to give up driving. In the worst of these crashes, an incident that proved both Robbins's fearlessness and his compassion, he swerved into a concrete wall at 145 mph to avoid smashing into a fellow racer's car that had stalled in front of him. During this time, Robbins kept making music.
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