Born on September 26, 1925, the American singer, songwriter, actor and racing driver Martin David Robinson became known as Marty Robbins prior to his death on December 8, 1982. During his nearly four decade long career, Robbins became one of the most popular country western singers of all time with a considerable amount of crossover success.
Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs was released on the Columbia Records in September of 1959. This was a year that stories of cowboys was tremendously popular. Television shows such as Gunsmoke and Bonanza were spawned that year. Robbins concept album capitalized on that trend and did it very well. So well in fact that Aloha Promises Forever concedes this is a very special album to all cowboys at heart and gives this a 10 out of 10.
It was certified a gold record in 1965. One of its most famous songs was the successful hit single El Paso. I remember as a child buying this album for this song alone. In 2017, this album was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or artistically significant”.
I was never a huge fan of country but there was something that resonated in this song and it was on sale really cheap as I recall. I would sing along with that one song over and over to the distraction and irritation of my sister. She later returned the favor by turning her musical ear to disco at one point. The best I can say about the disco era was that the discs made fascinating Frisbees… not really workable .. but.. well nevermind that’s a story for another day.. maybe.
Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs may be listened to here: