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Classic Rewind: Marty Robbins – ‘Singin’ The Blues’

4 responses to “Classic Rewind: Marty Robbins – ‘Singin’ The Blues’

  1. Ken Johnson November 15, 2012 at 11:14 am

    A live version of Marty’s 1956 #1 hit “Singing The Blues.” Too bad he’s interrupted.

    Clip is from the 1969 movie “From Nashville With Music.” That’s Leo G. Carroll (from the 1950’s Topper TV series) and Marilyn Maxwell talking while Marty’s singing. The plot of the movie is beyond lame but features great musical performances by Marty & his co-stars Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Buck Owens, Carl Smith, Don Gibson & Bill Anderson.

  2. Luckyoldsun November 15, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Columbia Records then gave this song to Guy Mitchell to make it into a massive pop hit.
    I think Marty was p.o.’d

  3. Ken Johnson November 16, 2012 at 8:48 am

    After Guy Mitchell made “Singing The Blues” a pop hit (#1/1956) he then covered Marty’s follow-up single “Knee Deep In The Blues” and scored a top 20 hit with that one too (#16/1957)
    Marty was indeed unhappy that he lost the opportunity for wider fame and sales with the pop audience. Adding insult to injury Mitchell also recorded for Columbia Records. It led to Marty’s New York City recording sessions with Mitch Miller January 25 & 26 1957 that resulted in his classic hit “A White Sport Coat.” That began one of the most successful periods of Marty’s career that produced hits on both the country & pop charts.

    In 1959 Guy Mitchell had another #1 pop hit with Ray Price’s “Heartaches By The Number.” Guy also charted two other former Ray Price hits in 1960 with “The Same Old Me.” & “My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You” that were far less successful. Mitchell attempted his own country music career in the late 1960’s with recordings for the Starday label but never gained significant traction.

  4. Luckyoldsun November 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Mitchell may be similar to Frankie Laine in that regard. Though many people erroneously think of Laine as a country artist–When Tower and HMV Records still existed, you’d sometimes see Laine’s CD’s placed in the country section by some clueless clerk–Laine had massive pop hits in the pre-rock era but had zero success in country, despite several efforts to enter that market.

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