1962 Marty Robbins – Devil Woman
Marty Robbins was born in Phoenix, Arizona, the song of woman of a Paiute Indian background. He enlisted in the army during World War II and learned to play the guitar while in the service. He also began writing his own songs.
When he left the military, Marty began playing in clubs in the Phoenix area. He soon appeared on local television and even began hosting his own regular show. Little Jimmy Dickens appeared as a guest star on one of Marty’s shows, and he helped Marty get a recording contract with Columbia Records. Marty wrote his first single, I’ll Go On Alone, and the record topped the Country chart in 1952.
Marty covered songs by Chuck Berry and Elvis in 1955, and that led to his first crossover single the next year. Singing The Blues topped the Country chart and reached #17 on the Hot 100 in 1956.
Marty’s biggest hit came in 1959. He wrote and recorded El Paso and the single topped both the Country chart and the Hot 100. While that was the only time he reached #1 on the Hot 100, he had 15 more #1 Country hits in his career. The record also won Marty his first Grammy Award.
Marty’s had one more big hit on the Hot 100 in 1961 before his records began to disappear from non-Country stations. Don’t Worry reached #3 on the Hot 100 and once again took Marty to the top of the Country chart.
Marty wrote and recorded Devil Woman and the single easily topped the Country chart. His single crossed over to top forty radio and peaked at #17 on the Hot 100. They nominated the record for the 1962 Grammy award for The Best Country and Western Recording, but lost out to Funny Way Of Laughin’ by Burl Ives.
Marty’s next single, Ruby Ann, reached #18 on the Hot 100 and became his last single to reach the top forty on Hot 100 chart. The hits kept coming on the Country chart through 1967.
Marty turned his focus onto race car driving, beginning in the mid-sixties. He competed in 35 NASCAR Grand National Series races and even finished in the top ten several times.
Marty had bypass surgery after his third heart attack in 1982. While he survived the surgery, he failed to recover and died within a week.
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