->''"Very simple song. God is asleep, before Creation [...] and gets the whim to wake, and decides it could be worth going through it all in order to be able to hear some music, and most of all, one of his best creations, Marty Robbins."''\\
--'''[[Music/TheWho Pete Townshend]]''', explaining the song "God Speaks of Marty Robbins"
Born 1925 in Glendale, Arizona, Marty Robbins was one of the more diverse CountryMusic artists. After working on his older brother's ranch in Phoenix, living as a hobo, serving in the Navy and teaching himself to play guitar. With some performances under his belt in the late 1940s, he finally signed to Creator/ColumbiaRecords in 1951. Although his first two singles tanked, "Love Me or Leave Me Alone" went to number one and started a string of varied singles that lasted until his death in 1982.
Although his sound wasn't always mainstream, it was often innovative. Songs such as "El Paso" and "Big Iron" were known for their strong Western gunfighter imagery; "Devil Woman" had strong calypso overtones; "Don't Worry" was the first country song to use guitar distortion (albeit a [[ThrowItIn happy accident]]); and so on. Robbins' vocal was more croon than twang, but he is still one of the most prominent singers in the genre.
'''Albums with their own page'''
* ''Music/GunfighterBalladsAndTrailSongs'' (1959)
!!To the town of Agua Fria rode a troper one fine day...
* BadassGrandpa: Bill Thaxton in "Sundown/The Texas Ranger", incidentally another ranger with a big iron on his hip.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Music/GunfighterBalladsAndTrailSongs'' was an early example in the genre. "Early" defined here as 1959.
* CoverVersion: Had the distinction of being the first person to cover Music/ElvisPresley, by doing his own version of "That's All Right" shortly after Elvis released it as his debut single.
* DeadAllAlong: The narrator of "El Paso"; shot upon his return and kisses Faleena as he dies. Confirmed in "Feleena (From El Paso)".
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: "El Paso" ends with the cowboy dying in the arms of his Latina lover Feleena after being fatally wounded by a posse for murdering another lover. The song's sequel confirms this.
* DrivenToSuicide: The title character of "Feleena (From El Paso)", after her cowboy lover has died in her arms and she feels that she could no longer live without him; she takes her own life with his gun.
* EpicRocking: "El Paso" was nearly five minutes in an era when songs very rarely exceeded three minutes. It held the record for the longest #1 song before it was broken by [[Music/TheBeatles "Hey Jude"]].
* LastKiss: The end of "El Paso" features one between the dying male character and his lover.
* LocationSong: "El Paso", about a cowboy who fled the town after shooting down a cowboy making advances at his girlfriend.
* MurderBallad: "They're Hanging Me Tonight"
* PornStache: Grew one in TheSeventies.
* PosthumousNarration: The cowboy of "El Paso", which leads up to his untimely death.
* QuickDraw: The subject of "Big Iron".
* ShowdownAtHighNoon: "Big Iron" is a description of such a gunfight, although the song specifies (for reasons of scansion) the showdown as as taking place at "twenty past eleven".
* SpicyLatina: Feleena of "El Paso" and its sequels, though she was actually born in New Mexico during a thunderstorm.
* TogetherInDeath: The ending of "Feleena (From El Paso)".