November 22

Marty Robbins and the Story of “Battle of Alamo”

Born September 26, 1925, Martin David Robinson is known professionally as Marty Robbins. Marty Robinson died on December 8, 1982, carrying the tags American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.

Robinson was one of the most popular and successful American country and Western singers of his era. For almost nearly a four-decade career, Marty was rarely far from the country music charts.  Moreover, several of his songs also became pop hits.

The “Battle of the Alamo” left a significant legacy and influence within American culture.

The said battle is an event that is from the point of view of the vanquished.

Being inspired by the said track, a number of songwriters covered it:

  • Kingston Trio, Johnny Cash, Tex Ritter, Donovan and others recorded “Remember the Alamo” in 1955.
  • Tennessee Ernie Ford’s cover of “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” was on the country music charts for 16 weeks. In 1955, it reached its highest at the 4th spot. He recorded the track on February 7, 1955.
  • In 1960, Marty Robbins recorded a version of the song the Battle of the Alamo”. This became one of his hits that spent 13 weeks on the pop charts, ranked high at number 34.
  • After 12 years, English band Babe Ruth’s song “The Mexican” is about the Mexican point of view.

Having written by Texas folk singer and songwriter, Jane Bowers, they covered the song in their own unique way.

The History of The Battle of Alamo

The Alamo, originally known as Mission San Antonio de Valero, is a former Roman Catholic mission and fortress compound. As of now, it is a museum in San Antonio, Texas. In the beginning, the structure is for the education of local Native Americans after their conversion to Christianity. The compound originally comprised a sanctuary and surrounding buildings. The Spanish Empire built it in the 18th century. In 1793, they removed and abandoned the mission. Ten years later, it became a fortress where the Mexican Army group the Second Flying Company of San Carlos de Parras housed. They were likely the ones who gave the mission the name “Alamo”.

Mexican soldiers carried the mission until December 1835. This happened when General Martin Perfecto de Cos surrendered it to the Texian Army after the siege of Bexar. A relatively small number of Texian soldiers then occupied the compound. Texian General Sam Houston believed they did not have the manpower to hold the fort. Thus, he ordered Colonel James Bowie to destroy it.

Bowie paid no attention to the said orders. Instead, he worked with Colonel James C. Neill to strengthen the mission. On February 23, Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna led a large force of Mexican soldiers. They invaded San Antonio de Bexar and quickly initiated a siege. On March 6, at that time, the Mexican army attacked the Alamo and the siege ended. By the end of the Battle of the Alamo, all or almost all of the defenders were killed. When the Mexican army retreated from Texas, they tore down many walls of the Alamo and burned some buildings. These all took place at the end of the Texas Revolution.


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