Song of the Day Nov 12

November 12, 2023



Today our song is: El Paso by Marty Robbins


Wikipedia tells us this about the song:


"El Paso" is a western ballad written and originally recorded by Marty Robbins, and first released on Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs in September 1959. It was released as a single the following month, and became a major hit on both the country and pop music charts, becoming the first No. 1 hit of the 1960s on both. It won the Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording in 1961. It is widely considered a genre classic for its gripping narrative which ends in the death of its protagonist, its shift from past to present tense, haunting harmonies by vocalists Bobby Sykes and Jim Glaser (of the Glaser Brothers) and the eloquent and varied Spanish guitar accompaniment by Grady Martin that lends the recording a distinctive Tex-Mex feel. The name of the character Feleena was based upon a schoolmate of Robbins in the fifth grade, Fidelina Martinez.

 




Enjoy!

 


Comments

  1. This is a great song and looking at the album....I want that album!

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  2. Great choice, Mary! Brilliant song and story. Other great songs I love from Marty Robbins are "Big Iron", "Strawberry Roan", and "The Master's Call". All great story-telling songs.

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  3. Hmmm..... Interesting song.
    I think I heard it once before...
    in a [Link> PAST LIFE.

    D-FensDogG
    ("Flying in!" @ 88 MPH from 1884.)

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  4. Excellent song choice! Those were the days...

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