September 26, 1925, Glendale, Arizona
Died: December 8, 1982 (aged 57)
Marty Robbins (Martin David Robinson) was an American singer,
songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.
One of the most popular and successful American country and western
singers of his era, Robbins' songs were often eclectic, touching notably
on an array of world music.
For most of his nearly four decade career, Robbins was rarely far
from the country music charts, and several of his songs also became pop
What do you know about Marty Robbins? Strum along with this quick
1. Robbins left the troubled home at the age of seventeen to serve in
the United States Navy as an LCT coxswain during World War II. He was
stationed in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific. To pass the time during
the war, he learned to play the guitar, started writing songs. What
music did he come to love?
- Hawaiian music
- Blue Grass
2. After his discharge from the military in 1945, he began to play at
local venues in Phoenix, then moved on to host his own radio station
show on KTYL. What TV station did he have his own show?
3. After Little Jimmy Dickens made a guest appearance on Robbins' TV
show, Dickens got Robbins a record deal with Columbia Records.
4. In 1957, Robbins had a #1 Country hit and hit #2 on the Pop chart.
What is the song?
- "A White Sport Coat"
- "Please Don't Blame Me"
- "Teen-Age Dream"
5. His musical accomplishments include the first Grammy Award ever
awarded for a country song, for his 1959 hit and signature song, taken
from his album Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs. " What
was the song?
- "El Paso"
- "Arizona Rangers"
- "Rangers Highway to Heaven"
6. In 1961, Robbins had a #1 Country hit and hit #3 on the Pop chart.
What is the song?
- "What, Me Worry"
- "Say It Isn't So"
- "Don't Worry"
7. Robbins was never inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of
8. Robbins was an avid race car driver, competing in NASCAR races,
including the 1973 Daytona 500.
9. What was the cause of death?
- Complications following cardiac surgery
- Lung Cancer
- Auto Accident
10. Where is Marty Robbins buried?
- Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Hamilton Square, New Jersey,
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Cathedral City), Cathedral City,
- Woodlawn Memorial Park, Nashville, Tennessee