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Marty Robbins' El Paso and Other Favorites of Marty's

 
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"El Paso" is a country and 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, reaching No. 1 in both at the start of 1960 (the first No. 1 hit of the 1960's). It won the Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording in 1961, and remains Robbins' best-known song.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Paso_(song)

The theme of the song takes place in Rosa's Cantina in El Paso, Texas.



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The cowboy falls in love with a girl named Feelina. He becomes jealous and has a gunfight where the other cowboy is killed.

Afraid he will be hung, he flees El Paso to hide out in the badlands. He sings

"I caught a good one, it looked like it could run"

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Now he will be wanted for murder and horse theft!

Then missing Feelina, he returns:




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Unfortunately, he is shot by the posse but

"Feleena has come to his side and he dies in her arms after "one little kiss".



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I grew up in the 'age of Marty Robbins' and my Uncle was a big fan, so I thought I had heard all of his songs.  Recently, youtube surprised me with a 'new' one of his that is pretty good.



Don't know how I made it into my 50's without hear it.  
 
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I love Marty Robbins music! El Paso is fantastic, and also is its sequel El Paso City. It's a song he wrote about the other song.

 
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Oh my word. My family was just introduced to "Big Iron" a month ago. My sister, who knows I like folk music, mentioned Marty Robbins on the phone--so I played the song, and now my six year old (girl!) regularly begs us to sing all the verses together as a family.

Many of his songs are so good. And then my husband had to look up Robbins' bio, and it seems he was a really great guy besides being a popular singer. So glad to see this thread here, and I hope more folks will listen to his music.
 
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