A famous American country artist and a legend, who would have thought that Marty Robbins was a jack of all trades? Yes, indeed. He was also a songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, and a racing driver. Well, his career spanned for almost four decades topping country music charts and having crossover success as pop hits.
Just this Arizonan native is truly a patriot. Serving in the US Navy during the World War II, Robbins is already a hero in his own rights. Anyway, his love life isn’t sacrificed on that path he managed to take. This song that he performed is about the story of his life. It’s a story focused more on his romantic side.
Published in 1957, “The Story of My Life” is a popular song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
The song became a 1957 hit for US country singer Marty Robbins, which peaked at number one on the US country chart for four weeks and reaching number fifteen on the Billboard Top 100 and number two on Australian Singles Chart.
In the United Kingdom, a cover version recorded by Michael Holliday reached No.1 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1958. It was later replaced by Perry Como’s “Magic Moments,” also written by Bacharach and David.
During one of his hour radio shows, gentleman Jim Reeves performed the song in 1957 broadcasting live on WSM from The National Insurance Building in Nashville, Tennessee. Performing with the Anita Kerr singers, he managed to forget the lyrics mid-song. Humorously requesting his music from announcer David Cobb, he recovered from the last refrain. These recordings were released in 2008 on “I’m a Hit Again.”
About the singer: Marty Robbins
Born in Glendale, Arizona, in 1925, Marty Robbins was an iconic country and western singer. He taught himself how to play guitar while serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war’s end, Robbins started performing in clubs in and near Phoenix, Arizona. By the end of the 1940’s, he had his local radio and television programs.
In 1951, Robbins signed with Columbia Records. He had his first No. 1 country song in 1956 with “Singing the Blues.” In 1959, Robbins released one of his signature songs, “El Paso,” for which he won a Grammy Award. Later, his hits include “My Woman, My Woman, My Wife” and “Among My Souvenirs.”
In October 1982, Robbins was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Although he had fallen very ill, Robbins managed to release one last single that year, fittingly titled “Some Memories Won’t Die,” before he passed away. In addition, he suffered his third serious heart attack in early December. Despite undergoing surgery, Robbins died a few days later, on December 8, 1982, in a Nashville hospital. He was 57 years old. Survived by his wife, Robbins and Marizona had been married since 1948 and had two children together.
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Marty Robbins, Story of My Life