Robbins was a consummate all-round entertainer. Cowboy singer,
rock'n'roller, pop balladeer; he featured elements of bluegrass,
Mexican, Hawaiian, Caribbean, jazzy pop standards and country
tearjerkers into his varied repertoire. A prolific songwriter, he was
one of country music's first successful album artists and maintained a
prolific presence in this area.
In 1959, he became the first country music star to be awarded a Grammy,
for his classic country hit ‘El Paso', and the success of this song
established Robbins once and for all.
In 1970, The Academy Of Country Music voted him their ‘Man Of The
In 1982, just two months before he died, Marty Robbins was inducted into
the Country Music Hall of Fame. He was a huge favourite of rockers from
the Grateful Dead to the Clash, and Elvis Presley made Marty's You Gave
Me A Mountain a 1970s standard. In 2006 The Who's Endless Wire album
included the song, God Speaks, of Marty Robbins. Merle Haggard has often
talked of his wish to record his own tribute album to Marty Robbins.
The two LPs featured here were originally released on the Columbia label
in 1968 & 1969. The title song, I Walk Alone became Marty's 13th number
one country hit and led to him recording his follow up album in the same
style, and again featuring him playing piano.
These two original LPs have now been digitally re-mastered from the
original production tapes and are reissued on CD here for the first
time. The accompanying 12 page booklet includes extensive liner notes by
Maverick magazine editor Alan Cackett, plus full lyrics to all of the