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Died On This Date (December 8, 1982) Marty Robbins / Country Great

Posted by themusicsover on December 8, 2009

Marty Robbins (Born Martin Robinson)
September 26, 1925 – December 8, 1982

marty-robbinsOver a career that spanned nearly 40 years, Marty Robbins was one of the most popular country artists of his generation.  To escape a home life that was less than ideal, Robbins enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17.  And while serving in WWII, he spent much of his down time learning to play the guitar.  When he returned home to the states, he pursued his show business career, eventually landing his own local radio show in Phoenix, Arizona.  When touring  country star, Little Jimmy Dickens guested on Robbins’ show and heard him perform, he helped him get a record deal with Columbia Records.  Before long, Robbins was the toast of Nashville and a favorite performer at the Grand Ole Opry.  Over the course of his career, Robbins released several charting country hits including his most popular and oft covered, “El Paso,” which won him a Grammy in 1959.  He won two more Grammys over the next decade.  On December 8, 1982, Marty Robbins died of complications from a cardiac surgery at the age of 57.

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