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47  Date: 2007-09-26 19:47:38
Greg Johnson salute to Elvis ( johnsonsivle@aol.com / http://www.gregjohnsonelvis.com) wrote:

Marty was well respected by Elvis and recorded several songs that Marty had released.Happy Birthday to you Marty,we miss you,Greg

46  Date: 2007-09-18 08:29:20
Walt Hall ( walthall3@juno.com / no homepage) wrote:

Just as a point of information...A fairly large number of years ago, Dean Martin had a television show. One week he had a guest with the name of Marty Robbins and introduced him as the man with the "golden voice".

45  Date: 2007-06-02 23:52:10
Jo ( fc67@ihug.co.nz / http://shauna-jo5.spaces.live.com) wrote:

I will never forget Marty's songs, the beautiful voice, the wonderful stories he told in his songs...I just love him so much. I thank you for keeping him alive in this website...Thank you!

44  Date: 2007-02-27 17:09:37
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43  Date: 2007-02-24 21:02:30
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41  Date: 2007-02-21 07:06:17
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40  Date: 2007-02-19 03:57:45
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38  Date: 2007-02-16 07:35:53
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37  Date: 2007-02-15 09:36:09
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Excellent website, entertaining and informing.

36  Date: 2007-02-12 22:08:02
Sheryl ( Sherylchambers@hotmail.com / http://dexyvexes.info/baby-annabell-puppenpflegecenter.html) wrote:

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35  Date: 2007-02-06 05:56:47
Tom ( no email / http://santomassoeth12.enacre.net/) wrote:

Congratulations!! This the best site I have ever seen!

34  Date: 2006-09-20 01:41:49
Dingo ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

"The Day Marty Robbins Died" is a song by Australian band The Johnnys.

33  Date: 2006-07-21 04:40:55
Linda F. ( lindafrancois@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

I was about 7 years old when my dad sent my sister and me to the front of the stage at a Marty Robbins concert hoping for an autograph after the show. Waiting politely for him to finish his song, I will never him STOPPING the song to sign our little piece of paper. I thought that was so neat and still hold that fond memory of him to this day!

32  Date: 2006-07-20 15:54:36
frankmcentee ( franksteve@hotmail.uk.co / no homepage) wrote:

Marty was a true legend and a gentleman in every sence of the word is songs and music will live within my heart for always .Thanks for the great songs you left us marty god bless you .

31  Date: 2006-06-21 17:42:12
Kathy ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

Please check out my tribute to Marty. He will always be the best. A good soul backed up by his
wife's faith.

30  Date: 2005-11-12 14:30:19
Lorry ( Kate_5_2000@Yahoo.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hi Helen

I love Marty Robbins songs, his voice and the good song writer he was, (El Passo, Feleena, El Passo City) and wish he wasn't dead so He could still write and sing again.

I also would like to know who wrote and sang the song The day Marty Robbins died, I love that song very much.

Thank you for now and hope to hear from you soon.


29  Date: 2005-09-11 09:07:13
davidcorne ( davidcorne@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

Apparently in a recent poll by CMT of the top 40 great men of Country music, Marty Robbins was not deemed worthy of inclusion. I find this so laughingly unbelievable. How can they exclude the greatest vocalist this genre of music has ever known?

28  Date: 2005-07-17 22:08:47
Walter S. Hall ( walthall3@juno.com / no homepage) wrote:

I first met Marty shortly after the advent of " White Sport Coat" and was very impressed with his decorum. I was in a club with a couple of friends and found out that Marty was also present. One of my friends said that he knew Marty and asked if I would like to meet him. Of course I said yes and my friend left to bring him over. As my friend and Marty approached our location I observed Marty checking his attire, he was wearing a suit and tie, he made sure his tie was in order and that his coat was buttoned. As far as he was concerned I was just a nobody but he took the time to present himself at his best. That impressed me very much...

27  Date: 2005-03-13 23:25:55
Ilene Berkshire ( ivanberkshire@sbcglobal.net / no homepage) wrote:

The first time I saw Marty Robbins was at Springlake Amusement Park in Okla. city. In 1959. He was wonderful. We have just received videos from some of his T.V. shows. I could listen to him all day everyday day. The only other time I saw one of his concerts was in Wichita Kansas in l962.Several years later he was in Seattle Washington. I am not sure when that was. I didn't go then, but sure wish I had.
Ilene Berkshire Okla. City, Ok.

26  Date: 2004-10-13 01:10:46
Lorry Norton ( jl.norton@netzero.net / no homepage) wrote:

The first (and only) time I saw Marty Robbins was in Idaho Falls, Idaho, approximately 1968, when I was about 8 years old. My maiden name is Robbins and my dad was a big fan of Marty, so, of course, so was I and my sister and mom. Who wouldn't be? Anyway, dad said we were related to Marty somehow (we really weren't), but it made for a great story.
Marty was in concert in Idaho Falls, so we went. Mom and dad were country singers and players in a little nightclub just outside of Idaho Falls, and were able to get front row tickets to the concert and we were able to go back stage. I wish I would've been older when I saw him so I could remember more about going backstage. But I know I went, and I have always been proud of that connection. Even tho I'm not really related to him, I still love him, and so does my husband. Thanks, Marty, for the beautiful music. Lorry

25  Date: 2004-07-15 12:40:55
David Corne ( cornetarquin@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

I have been recently watching a lot of Marty's T.V. shows like the videos of the 68/69 one, the Drifter and The Spotlight Shows. How I wish these were now on D.V.D. This guy was so talented with such a great voice that he could take anyone elses song and indellibly stamp it with his wonderful emotional, warmth and style that he made the song his own. I particularly like his versions of 'Tell me you don't mean goodbye', 'I guess I've been asleep for all these years' and 'Tomorrow's just another day to cry.' Marty should never have toured;
Columbia Records should have kept him prisoner and have him record an album a week so all the world's greatest songs could have been sung by the one and only Marty Robbins. Just think of all the great Standards and old Country songs you would have loved to hear him sing!

24  Date: 2004-06-18 03:31:29
Janet Richards ( janrichards50@yahoo.com / no homepage) wrote:

I was introduced to the music of Marty Robbins in the early 60's by my favorite aunt who was a very dedicated fan. I fell in love with the voice and the stories that he told. From then on I was a die hard Marty Robbins fan. Both my children were brought up listening to his music. I was lucky to see him perform at Nashville North, which is a smaller venue. We took my daughter who was 3 at the time (1980) and she was so excited to be able to see him. My mom had a tee shirt made for her to wear that said "I love Marty Robbins" on the front. While perfroming, he saw her sitting on my lap and came over and sang to her. She was in 7th heaven (as was I). To this day, she says that has been the highlight of her life thus far.
We lost a great singer/songwriter when he died, but his music will live on forever!

23  Date: 2004-05-11 20:24:45
Brenda Bartlett ( doxilover@neb.rr.com / no homepage) wrote:

I went to my first Marty Robbins concert in 1964 in Lincoln, Nebraska at age 5, and prior to the concert he was signing autographs in the basement of Gold's or Brandeis (I can't remember which one). I not only got my picture taken sitting on his lap, but he autographed the back of the photo. We had one of those old Poloroid Land Camera's back then that you had to wait about 5 minutes before the picture would be developed. He also autographed the album "What God Has Done", both of which I still have to this day, and are among my most treasured possessions. I also was fortunate to see Marty one last time about 1980 I believe when he played at the Douglas County fair in Waterloo, Nebraska.

22  Date: 2004-01-17 22:09:13
Jose Xavier ( xavier_jose@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

HI Helen ....
I am from India and I think he was truly a great singer and a great Hero ( in the true sense of the word) as well .What a complete warm wonderful voice and a complete person as well.I am not too sure if he would have ever thought he would get a die hard fan for himself in India....so far away from El paso .By a peculiar quirk of fate I have a spanish name thought I am from India and some times I think maybe I could be the cowboy he sang about in El Paso . !!!I have a long list of songs by him as favourites 1)A white sport coat 2) A christmas prayer 3) Just married 4) story of my life (no one can sing this song like him ) and the list goes on .

May Marty's music live forever and God bless his family.

Jose Xavier

21  Date: 2004-01-02 23:40:34
Michael L. Freitas ( mfreita182@earthlink.net / no homepage) wrote:

In the late seventies I was working as a Customs inspector at the San Francisco airport. I was scheduled to leave on a flight to Washington DC on business and was in the South terminal coffee shop around 7:30am. I was sitting alone at a table for four having coffee when I noticed a man looking around the restaurant for a place to sit. I recognized him immediately as Marty Robbins. He was holding a bag and a cup of coffee that had just been handed to him at the front counter. He looked over at me and I motioned to him, inferring that he could sit at my table. He nodded and sat down facing out of the restaurant at the passing travelers, and we sat there for about ten-fifteen minutes without saying a word. He finshed his coffee, said thank you, rose and walked out into the crowd towards the gate area. I looked for him a little later when I went to my gate but did not see him again. It has always seemed to me, from my brief encounter, that he did not 'need' recognition. He was quite content to sit there in silence with a stranger and just sip some coffee. mlf

20  Date: 2003-11-17 08:49:24
Wanda Snell ( mustangsally65@comcast.net / no homepage) wrote:

Dear "Marty's wife, children, and Grandchildren: I just watched Marty's grandaughter, on Channel 5 interview regarding her on Seventeen magazine. What a beautiful person,inside and out! She is her Grandfauther's grandaughter! This brought back soooo many memories of back in the 70's. We always got tickets to the last show at the opry so we could see Marty. His performances, after they were off the air (when they would let him go over) were the best ever ! Of all the people I've seen in person (Elvis, Elton JOhn, B B King, The Judds, to name a few) I have to say, "MARTY WAS THE BEST, EVER !" I only wish everyone could have seen these rememberable performances. I first heard his singles when I was about 13 years of age in Mississippi, on my way to "Decoration Day" in Hodges Alabama. RUBY ANN, was one of my favorites then..He blew me away with his soft and gentle voice. I still play some of the old records on my turntable, but enjoy the cd's also. I never understood before, why Ronnie never pursued the music business (because he could sing just like his Dad!), but now I understand after seeing his daughter today. Marty was gone so much on the road when he was growing up. I will never forget one of the happiest times of my life was seeing Ronnie perform with Marty on the Grand Ole Opry and YOU COULDN'T TELL WHEN MARTY QUIT AND RONNIE STARTED SINGING!!!! AWESOME....You could just see all the love surrounding them,,especially Ronnie's Dad. I feel so fortunate to have been there that night!! I actually have Marty's autograph from one night at the Opry,,,,he stayed and stayed outside until everyone there got his autograph,,,and there were lots of people waiting....What a MAN! and My Woman, My Wife,,,,,WOW,,,,,TO HAVE LOVED SOMEONE THAT MUCH!.. God Bless all the family!! He will always be in the hearts of all of us!!! Wanda Snell 709 Norwalk Ct. Nashville, Tn 372214 mustangsally65@comcast.net

19  Date: 2003-03-23 04:57:55
Brad ( akre@unitelc.com / no homepage) wrote:

"Out in the west Texas town of El Paso......" I couldn't begin to tell you how many times I've heard that. Marty started being my favorite country singer when I was a young kid, and I always thought how great it would be to see him in person, but I never thought the events would unfold the way they did. A friend of mine used to manage the Carlton Dinner Theater in Minneapolis, and one day, knowing what a fan I was, he approached me with front row tickets to see Marty. The concert was great, and his big grin when he sees you aiming your camera at him still makes me laugh. I was walking out at the end of the show when a security guy with a walkie-talkie walked up to me and asked if I was Brad. I told him I was and he said "Follow me back stage." When we got to the rear entrance, there was Marty Robbins. The "Elvis" suit was gone and he was walking toward me in blue jeans and a plaid shirt with his hand out, sporting that famous big grin. We talked for about a half hour, laughing and telling stories until a man walked up and told him he had to get going or they wouldn't make the next concert. Marty politely informed him that he would be along, but that he was talking to a friend and it would be a few minutes. Marty was due back in Minneapolis for a second show in just a few months, and out of the blue I asked him if he wanted to stay at my house the night between shows. To my utter disbelief he accepted. He said arrangements would have to be made and that someone would be contacting me to finalize everything. We were outside by then, standing by his bus, and he had to get going. He jumped up on the step and turned and waved and then disappeared inside the bus. That moment when he waved goodbye will always be fresh in my mind. That was the last time I saw him. Shortly after I was driving home one night listening to the radio when the DJ announced that he had just passed away, and followed that terrible news with a song of Marty's... "Don't worry 'bout me, it's all over now......"

18  Date: 2002-08-05 00:57:55
Bob Erdley ( rcjge@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

Being what I thought was the biggest Marty Robbins fan in the world (boy was I wrong), I named my first son "Marty" and ironically I saw a Marty concert one week before he died and he died on my birthday Dec. 8th.

17  Date: 2002-03-31 04:06:44
dave adams ( davada9@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

I attended a Marty concert in Augusta, GA in 1954, have been a fan since that concert. When Marty had open heart surgery the first time his son Ronny was at my house in Germany, he spent the night with me, my wife and two little daughters. We all love the Robinson Family. Dave A

16  Date: 2002-02-24 08:50:51
Donna Petersen ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

Dear Ronny & Lillie,

Happy 82nd birthday, Lillie! My husband will be 60 on the same day!

I had planned to write this to Marizona, but just learned from this website that she and Marty are now together, "absent from the body and present with the Lord."

I just returned from visiting the Grand Old Opry Museum for the first time. When I saw the display of Marty Robbins with the open Bible in a facsimile of the old Methodist Church where he used to worship, I started crying. I wanted Marizona to know how much I appreciated her sharing that Marty loved Jesus and had made Him his Savior and Lord.

When I was a new Christian in Page, Arizona, I was driving from Wahweap to Page one night and "Master's Call" was playing on the local radio station, KPGE. I was electrified! I had never heard the song before and couldn't believe KPGE was playing such a blatantly Christian song. I found the nearest telephone to call KPGE and bought Marty Robbins' album, "Gunfighter Ballads" as soon as I could find it so I could listen to Marty's original song whenever I wanted to.

Both my husband and I were big fans of the song, "A White Sport Coat", when we were in Junior High School, but neither of us knew until after we were married that Ronny's dad and Lillie's brother was the singer -- it came as a big surprise, since we knew him as a Country-Western singer/songwriter.

I'm looking forward to seeing Marty and Marizona in heaven some glad day, with our Precious Jesus!

God Bless You! God Bless America!

Love in Jesus,

Donna Petersen
Munising, Michigan

P.S. Thanks to Helen for the link to the lyrics of "Master's Call":

15  Date: 2002-02-13 15:30:28
DAVID CORNE ( dcorne@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

I can remember the last time I saw Marty. It was in a hotel foyer in LONDON 1982, he sat across the aisle from me. I had idolised him and loved his music for years. He had dozed off prior to a concert at the Wembley Festival. I took a last photograph as he left the hotel for the show and didn't realize this was the last time I would ever see him. A few months later the greatest talent ever to grace Country Music would be taken from us.

14  Date: 2001-11-03 08:26:52
Oglesby ( oglesby@scican.net / no homepage) wrote:

I was 10 years old when my family took me to the Indiana State Fair in August of '82, and we went to see Marty perform an afternoon show at the coliseum there on the fairgrounds. One vivid memory I remember was he was singing El Paso City, and there was a family in the front row with a baby that was crying. Not breaking a note, he summoned the baby from the parents and continued singing to the baby in his arms. The baby settled down, but had wet all over his shirt! He got such a kick out of the whole thing, and the audience roared. The next thing I knew, that December, I came home from school, and my mom was crying. She said, "We lost Marty, he passed away." I was saddened as well, but I feel, even though at a young age, that I was quite priviledged to see that legend in person, and will forever be a true fan.

13  Date: 2001-11-02 11:47:05
Cecil Boyett ( Cecilharley@aol.com / http://www.geocities.com/cecilharley) wrote:

Hi Helen,

First of all, thank you for building such a fitting tribute to one of the

late and greatest artists of all time. Just to let you know some historical

information regarding Marty Robbins, it was my Uncle Jerry Harnsberger (now

deceased), who was practicing with Marty, and left the reverb amp on when

they practiced the original version of "Don't Worry". Marty liked it so much

he decided to record it that way. As you know, it was not initially popular,

but made a strong comeback. Jerry could play any stringed guitar, and I

literally mean any! He has never gotten the recognition for this, and now

that he is with Jesus and Marty, it would be nice to acknowledge this fact.

Thank you, and God bless,

Cecil Boyett

Nephew of Jerry Harnsberger

References: Buddy Jackson-deceased (actual lyric writer of "Blue Eyes Crying

in the Rain", Kinky Friedman "& the Texas Jewboys", David Allen Coe, Ken

Mayes (former road manager for Merle Haggard), BoxCar Willie, Carl Perkins,

Earl Chavez (former manager for Carlos Santana), Clay McWhorter (Clay Mac

Band), Larry Dennison (deceased), Hank Thompson, Lynn Anderson, Jeannie C.

Riley, Bill Smith, Bill Mack (WBAP Radio-Original songwriter-"Drinking

Champagne", John B. Fulton, III (radio celeb "Shotgun Kelly" of Cat-Country

Radio, Amarillo, Texas), and many others available upon request.

You are hereby released from any and all responsibility for the information I sent to you on

November 01, 2001 regarding my Uncle Jerry Harnsberger. It is a pleasure to know you are a "true"

fan of Marty, which only proves your dedication to his wonderful musical talents and memory. You

are hereby released of liability for any comments I sent to you regarding Marty Robbins or Jerry

Harnsberger, who passed away June 5, 2000, and is buried in Wichita Falls, Texas. God bless you and

keep you.

Best regards,

Cecil Boyett

12  Date: 2001-10-07 02:22:35
Helen ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

I have many fond memories of meeting Martin over the years and especially in the earlier years. I think that is because I was always astonished at his friendliness, down to earth attitude and sincerity, something that you ordinarily don't expect to find in a 'star'. This was always the case and this wonderful personality of his never changed over the many years that he was performing and his name was a household word. That is the true 'making' of a star, something that he was in every sense of the word. One of the memories I recall is when we took my youngest sister to meet him. Let me lay some background first. My brother and I had taken our youngest sister, Edna to see one of Martin's movies that had been released at one of the local drive-in's. The movie was BALLAD OF A GUNFIGHTHER. Edna was about nine or ten at the time and as young as she was, a devoted and serious fan of Martin's. She had to go with us. She watched the entire movie and at the end, where Martin gets killed, she was so upset that she cried her heart out. She really believed he had gotten killed and he'd never sing again....something that she didn't find acceptable at all. She loved his cowboy songs and would sit on the sofa and sing them while she rocked back and forth for hours. Her sadness went on for days and she would often 'bug' us about him being dead. Not too long after this, he came to our community for an autograph party, no concert, just the AP. It was held at a local Ayre-Way store in Speedway. He was here, if I remember correctly, for the race and was to be grand marshal or drive the pace car. Well, I saw this as an excellent opportunity to set her straight on him still being around to sing those great songs of the old west. We took her to the AP. Martin stayed for over four or five hours, just signing autographs, meeting people and just 'shooting the bull' with them all, having fun and just cutting up the whole time. When we were talking to him (there was another wonderful 'incident' that took place at this same AP where Martin 'keeps' my purse with him on the podium for fear it was 'dangerous', for the whole time of the AP...hours.. I believe it is posted at Kristy's MR site), Edna stayed hidden behind me and would not come out to say that first word to him. I told him how she cried when he got killed in the movie and that she just knew he was dead. He teased her about not being dead and all she would do was shrink even more behind me. He took his time and just teased and teased, trying to coax her out from behind me. Finally, I did get her to move out but she still was too petrified to get within ten feet of him. He thought it was funny. I kept trying to get her to get close enough to him so that I could get a picture of the two of them together, preferably both in the same frame. She wouldn't budge. Finally, he looked at me, winked and then reached for her shoulder. He gently pulled her over close to him, saying, "Come here, woman". He held her close to his side while she laughed and tried to pull away. After he convinced her he wouldn't bite, she calmed down long enough to get the picture.
She never did say that first word to him. The picture here is that photo taken that day. After she left the AP, all she could talk about was MARTY ROBBINS....you just couldn't shut her up. She was so happy that he was going to be around to sing more of those beautiful cowboy songs of his, only as he could sing them.....bringing them all to life. Edna, at one time, was the youngest member of his fan club (when Peggy Munson was the prez) and her picture was printed in the MR Fan Club Journal (the journal that the fan club put out on a regular basis). Another interesting note on this story.... while traveling through Tennessee one time, my husband and I made a stop in Smyrna Tennessee where he had owned a small Mexican restaurant (named what else? Rosa's Cantina) and the little midget dirt track beside it.....sold it later but the new owner kept the name. They had a wall covered with Martin's photos and in the middle, was a current issue of the fan club journal. The journal was opened, displaying Edna's photo and a 'headline' above it that read, YOUNGEST MEMBER OF MARTY'S FAN CLUB. She was about ten then. My grandmother had given me the money to give her the subscription for her birthday. Edna is still a 'die hard' Marty fan and listens to his music (as well as some of the other 'pioneers' in c/w music) as fervently as ever (I taught her well) and probably will always consider him one of, if not THE best ever. There was another incident at this particular AP that stands out in my memory that is posted somewhere on the net (perhaps Kristy's MR web site) that you might like to read. The photo that is used for the background on my site was taken at this time.... Please visit Kristy's and all the other sites that are lovingly dedicated to this wonderful talent and true gentleman. There are many!

11  Date: 2001-09-29 09:01:10
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10  Date: 2001-06-29 14:50:56
Linda Mc Millin ( Lindahefer@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

I first saw Marty Robbins at an Austin concert. He was there with Sonny James and several more. I went back stage with Sonny and his band. I met Marty and we ended up on the parking lot sitting on my car. We were laughing no one saw us. Everyone was after Sonny. Marty said "I'm sure glad they are after him and not me!" My mom and dad was there with me and we really enjoyed our visit with them. They were all such nice regular people I've always had fond memories of that show.

9  Date: 2000-09-16 07:06:23
Colin Alderson ( colina@sa.ozland.net.au / no homepage) wrote:

I had four friends who had formed a group in 1956.They performed at local dances throughout the Victorian district of Australia.Coming home one night we stopped for a rest.What did we pick up but the Voice of America and there was the great Marty Robbins singing El-Paso.At that time I don`t think it had been recorded but that was me hooked and every week after we would stop at that precise spot to hopefully get a sample of his wonderful voice.I am after over 44 years still a very loyal devotee to the Talent and wonderful voice of the one and only MARTY ROBBINS.Long may his music live on.I am now the proud owner of 74 albums and countless tapes and video`s.Keep up the magnificent site.I am sure Marty would be very proud of you and all his followers.

8  Date: 2000-08-06 09:19:57
Maheen Wickramasinghe ( wick5894@home.com / no homepage) wrote:

Well Hello there Marty Robbins fans!
I would like to say that I am a huge Marty Robbins fan! I am 15 years old and I am a blind
boy, I love Marty's songs so much! I have been a fan of him now all my life, he is truly the
greatest singer in country music. He puts so much feeling into his songs, I'll tell you I love
him so much!
I was born on September 16th 1984 in Sri Lanka. That is where all of our family comes from.
In 1989 my parents and I moved to Canada before returning back to Canada in 1998. In 1996
we actually moved to England for two years and then finally in 1998 we moved back to
Canada for good hopefully! We are staying in Mississauga which is a city in Ontario. In
1989 when we were living in Canada, we stayed in Brampton which is also in Ontario.
As a boy I loved listening to country music very much! Marty Robbins was in fact the very
first person who I started listening to and I'll tellyou, I was such a big fan of him from then
on! After hearing his ever popular "Elpaso", I was hooked into his music! I started buying
his CD's and now I have four of them. They are "A Life Time Of Song 1951-1982", "Gun
Fighter Balads And Trail Songs", "16 Biggest Hits" and "Super Hits". Now I know that
there are three fabulous box sets of Marty Robbins which I don't have at all, but I'm hoping
to get them very soon. I can play the piano like the great Floyd Cramer. I love Floyd's style
so much and I have been playing now since I was 3 years old. Now I'm quite an expert at
the piano! I can also sing and I love singing Marty's songs very much! I have said this and
I'll stick to it, Marty Robbins, Jim Reeves and Eddy Arnold have one of the most beautiful
voices in country music. I love them so much and that is why they are my all time favorites
especially Martin! There won't be another Martin again! So if anyone out there who sounds
like Martin, persue it! We need sombody like you to come along! The thing is, all this new
country isn't even country at all! I mean look at these people like Garth Brooks and Shania
Twain, they aren't even country at all! I don't know what's going on with the country music
industry, but the people nowadays don't even realize what country is really all about! I much
prefer the older country like Martin! I don't listen to this rap junk either! It is horrible, stupid
and a load of garbage! It STINKS! These rappers aren't even saying anything in their songs
at all! It drives me nuts to hear other people listening to that rubbish because it is not a
good influence on young children at all! Not at all!
I would like to thank Helen Shields so much for letting me know about this honourable web
site! It really means a lot to me and Helen is certainly a very easy going person and a real
sweetheart. I am so thankful for her, believe me! Thank you so much Helen for sharing all
these wonderful stories about Martin with us. We really appreciate it and it means a lot to
us! If there wasn't a web site on Marty Robbins, there wouldn't have even been a Marty
Robbins! So thank you all very very much for making this possible for all of us, we really
appreciate it. I hope that everyone of you will continue to buy his records and relive those
wonderful memories that you had with him.
My address is:
2334 Mississauga Road

7  Date: 2000-06-04 00:09:54
Bill Bailey ( tunnelrat22@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

As a child growing up in california was the first time i heard Marty.I was doing what most 4 or 5 yearolds do running around the house and stopped dead in my tracks to listen to this voice i heard on the radio. Can't remember what song,but it was either "El PASO" or "Big IRON .I just had to hear more.Every time i heard the voice i'd do the same thing ,stop whatever i was doing and listen . Its amazing that he could have an affect on a child that young. Later i found out who he was and managed to see a movie he made.I came to really love his gunfighter ballads every word was so discriptive i'm still shocked. Over time i learned to love every song he did no matter what after all he had become a hero in my eyes, and always will be.

thanks BillBailey

6  Date: 2000-05-19 00:14:50
Allen ( AllenA1687@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

In the 60s while I was in the navy in Virginia I had the pleasure of meeting
Marty Robbins. After the show he stayed to sign autographs. He spoke to
everyone like a friend an equal, not like a star, or someone special, but like
a friend. There were about 10 or so people there and he had something to
say to each one of us. He looked at my uniform and said "hi sailor, I was in the
navy too." and a few other things that I don't remember. There were two older
women there, one kind of in the background, the other woman asked Marty if her
sister could meet him and then explained that her sister was blind. When Marty
went over to see her, she said something to her sister who then asked if she
could touch him to see if he looked like she imagined he looked. Marty said
yes of course she could. I will never forget the look of pure joy the
lady had on her face as Marty stood there with his arms around her while she
ran her fingers over his face and telling him how handsome he was and how he
looked just as she had always thought he would. Marty kept laughing and
joking with her, kissed her on the forehead and really seemed to be having
the time of his life. This was truly a special man who cared for his fans. I
live in Wisconsin and later would hear Marty when he would drop by the Bill
Mack show on WBAP from Fort Worth. Sometime in the early 80s Marty played the
Walworth county fair in Wisconsin and I really wanted to go but had to work
that day and got home too late to make his show. I hoped there would be
another time but that was not to be. I often wish I could have seen him and
maybe to remind him of that day years before. That was the day I became a true
fan of the wonderful entertainer, and great man Marty Robbins. I also share
Marty's birthday Sept 26. Thank you for allowing me to tell my story of this
real STAR. Allen

5  Date: 2000-05-18 08:12:46
Helen Shields ( billsbetterhalf@worldnet.att.net / http://zap.to/helen's) wrote:

This photo was taken by my eldest son, David Duke, when he was about nine years old. It was the first time he'd been to one of Martin's concerts and he was pretty excited just to be going.

He had to take his own camera (one of those old ones that required a flash bulb) so he could take his own pictures. Marty started his concert singing BIG IRON in which, he replaced the line '...a big iron on his hip'...with the line...'big orange on his lip'... Well, my son just loved it and thought he was one of the 'coolest' people ever! He was anxious to get a couple of photos of his new 'favorite person' and asked me if I would go up to the front of the stage with him to take the picture.

There were already dozens of people flashing their cameras, as is the case with his shows...but we made our way right up to the very front of the stage, directly at Martin's feet. He was standing there doing a song when he noticed David aiming his camera at him so, in true Marty fashion, he stuck his tongue out at my son. He snapped the button on his camera and nothing! His flash didn't work. Being the big tease, Martin asked him what was wrong..he posed again, and again nothing. Martin then told him that his flash was no good and he needed to change it.

David waited patiently while I went back to my seat to find a new flash bulb from my purse. While David and I were fumbling to replace the bulb, Martin asked one of the band members to pull him a stool over while we 'operated'. He sat down on the stool, right there at the edge of the stage, and put his head in his hands....and without moving, he promised this young boy that he would not make a move until he got his camera ready...'after all,' he said, 'you gotta have a good photogenic of a star'....he laughed but he stayed right there with his head in his hands the whole time while we fumbled with the camera.

Every second or so, he'd ask, 'Are you getting it?' He made the day for my son and we both thoroughly enjoyed the show that day. His clowning and personality was just a sample of the great entertainer he was. He didn't just get up and stand there, he made you a part of his show and made you enjoy the fact that you were there. That's what makes the difference between a 'performer' and an 'entertainer' and he was an ENTERTAINER. It just so happened that he also had a beautiful voice and great personality.

When I remember all the great concerts of his that I have been to, I feel a deep sorrow that this remarkable person isn't with us anymore, making us smile and forget the troubles of our week. He sure knew how to do that and how to make one tired and hectic week end with such a delightful peacefulness and beauty through his songs. He is still sadly missed by all of his fans that he left behind but he did leave a rich legacy of some of the most beautiful music ever. I'm glad to see more and more web sites on the net that are dedicated to this legend.

4  Date: 2000-04-25 13:54:03
Phil Healy ( philhealy@eisa.net.au / no homepage) wrote:

Greetings from Adelaide, Australia! It's good to see one or two other Aussies here. Congratulations Helen on a great site. Unfortunately, I don't have any Marty concert experiences or meetings to relate, because I only became a fan a few years ago (though I had heard of him many years before - and I don't remember his Aussie visit in 1976, ah well!). The first Marty song I ever bought was "Don't Worry", on the soundtrack CD to the movie "A Perfect World", which I bought for the 2 Chris Isaak tracks included (and some of you may know that Chris is a big Marty fan, who has been known to slip performances of "Devil Woman" into his tv or radio interviews), and immediately wondered "why haven't I paid attention to this guy before?" I promptly set about buying all the Marty music I could (not a lot here in Oz!) and in short order bought "The Essential" double CD set, which made me marvel at his versatility, quickly followed by "The Song Of Robbins", "Marty After Midnight", the Bear Family "Rockin' Rollin" vols 1 & 3 (I'll get around to vol. 2 soon!), "Hawaii's Calling Me", the Aussie "My Elusive Dreams" CD (essentially the same as the mid-80's "I Love Country" LP) and in the last couple of weeks I've obtained the "Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs" reissue, the "Caribbean & Mexico" CD, "The Drifter", and an original mono copy of the "Just A Little Sentimental" LP from Amazon.com zshops - and I've got copies of the "Devil Woman" and "Tonight Carmen" LP's on the way! My favourite Marty songs at the moment are "Girl From Spanish Town", "In The Valley" and "It's Your World", which I have yet to obtain, but has been played on netradio.com's 60's country channel a few times over this weekend. I'll have to put a hold on any more acquisitions for a few months, as I'm supposed to be saving spending money for my overseas holiday which commences in mid-June, but if a Marty video were to cross my path, I probably wouldn't be able to resist, not having yet seen any footage of The Man. So, count me in as well and truly hooked, and I'll be dropping by here constantly for updates, as well as logging into the other sites.

Also, seeing Don McLean's tribute makes me wonder how many Marty cover versions there are? I can only think of Guy Mitchell's two ("Singing The Blues" and "Knee Deep In The Blues"), Lefty Frizzell's "Cigarettes & Coffee Blues" (though Lefty actually did it first), Frankie Laine and Elvis on "You Gave Me A Mountain", Grateful Dead on "El Paso" (I shudder to imagine what that must be like!) and Freddy Fender's "Walking Piece of Heaven" (another song that I don't yet have by Marty - and Freddy is another wonderful, unjustly ignored singer). If anyone knows of others, please advise!


Phil Healy

3  Date: 2000-04-23 03:09:16
Noel Clarke ( noelc@australiamail.com / http://www.zipworld.com.au/~noelc) wrote:

I have been a Marty fan for a very long time there are none to compare
with his versatility. His song writing and singing are picture books.
Its so easy to sit with your eyes closed and listen to the words of
the song and before long you will see the picture show.
There is a story in each of his writings. Since Marty's passing in
1982I have [if it is possible] become more interested in in building
my collection of Marty items. I'm delighted to hear Ronny is bringing
out the "Spotlight" series, I look forward to their arrival.

2  Date: 2000-04-17 02:08:53
Tommy ( Teledlx@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

My wife and I were fortunate enough to see Marty in concert just a couple of weeks before he left us. It was in Cincinnati Ohio at The Taft Auditorium. It was the second time we had seen him there. We were in the front row, I will never forget it. Bill Anderson was the other act that night but could not hold a candle to Marty. Marty had a great sense of humor. Every time I here Big Iron I can here Marty singing "With a big orange on his lip" instead of the actual verse of "With a big iron on his hip". He was a very funny man and a true entertainer! The talent out there today don't stand a chance up against him. I know that he is singing in Heaven and entertaining everyone there.

1  Date: 2000-03-19 22:08:57
Frances Cashman ( fcashman@gofree.indigo.ie / no homepage) wrote:

Marty Robbins had a special magic of his own. He was truly unique. His great talent as a singer was matched by his talent as a songwriters. His voice was wonderfully distinctive- once heard, not likely to be forgotten. His songs are equally memorable. So many of them tell a story. He could fit more action into a few verses than many a novelist in several pages. Who could ever forget El Paso, Cool Water or Man Walks among Us, Be Still. He clearly knew how to make his listeners feel just what he wanted them to feel.

Youíve heard of epic movies. So many of Martyís songs could be described as epic songs. While many tell of the Wild West, others deal with personal drama. I think my favourite of those Marty Robbins songs Iíve heard is Just Married, which tells of a man feels driven to go to the church for the wedding of the woman he loves to another man even though itís the worst kind of torture for him. For a glimpse into Martyís soul, you could scarcely do better than The Entertainer. He certainly put his heart and soul into his songs and his performance of them.