Showing posts with label Marty Robbins. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Marty Robbins. Show all posts

Marty Robbins - Don't Worry on A Lifetime of Song 1951-1982 (1961)

Marty Robbins - Don't Worry (1961) WLCY RADIO HITS
"Don't Worry" is a 1961 country/pop single written and recorded by Marty Robbins. "Don't Worry" was Marty Robbins' seventh number one on the country chart and stayed at number one for ten weeks. The single crossed over to the pop chart and was one of Marty Robbins' most successful crossover songs, peaking at number three on the Hot 100

"Don't Worry" is an early example of guitar distortion. Session guitarist Grady Martin, using a faulty channel in the mixing-desk for his six-string bass, created a distorted sound. Although Martin did not like the sound, Robbins' producer left the guitar track as it was.



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Marty Robbins - El Paso on Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs (1960)

Marty Robbins - El Paso on Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs (1960)
Reconsidering such a Latin (and more specifically mariachi) tinge in country music helps to understand why the 1959 song "El Paso" by Marty Robbins became such a huge hit for Robbins as well as a significant part of country music's history. Released in 1959, "El Paso" was the first song to rule the pop charts as the 1960s were ushered in, and propelled Marty Robbins to critical acclaim (e.g., a Grammy Award) and major commercial success. In fact, Marty Robbins was so successful with "El Paso" that it eventually spawned two popular sequel songs, "Faleena" and "El Paso City", more Grammy Awards for Robbins and other accolades, and eventually helped Robbins get elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. 



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Of course, of relevance for this analysis, "El Paso" was a Mexican corrido translated into English, and beyond the obvious outlaw/gunfighter narrative that puts it squarely within Mexican corrido tradition, the vocalizations by Marty Robbins left no doubt that he was mimicking Mexico's ranchera (or mariachi) singing style. Nonetheless, "El Paso" was so significant that it eventually resurfaced in rock music as a cover by the Grateful Dead and others.

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