Charley Pride and Glen Campbell channel their inner-Marty Robbins in this 1992 throwback video. The duo sang the classic “El Paso” in front of a live audience. While it’s hard to replace Robbins’ haunting vocals, Pride and Campbell more than make a double threat.
The two legends are incredible, lending their voices to the western tune. Lyrics to the song include: “I Caught A Good One, It Looked Like It Could Run/ Up On Its Back And Away I Did Ride/ Just As Fast As I Could From/ The West Texas Town Of El Paso/ Out To The Badlands Of New Mexico.“
The song tells the story of a cowboy who falls in love with a Mexican woman. His passion for her soon leads to him killing a fellow suitor for her affection. After the murder, the cowboy is forced to flee and go into hiding away from his beloved. The pain of not being with her makes the narrator reckless, and he soon prays for death to release him from his curse.
It’s become one of Robbins’ classics over the years. Pride was a huge fan of the singer, particularly of the tune “My Woman, My Woman, My Wife.”
“I love them all, but he was one of the first that took me out on the road. He was so funny all the time. He was just good to me. So it’s not only that this song jumped out to me, but it was also thinking about how good he was to me and how I loved his singing and him as a person,” Pride told Rolling Stone.
Marty Robbins And His Sequels
Upon release, “El Paso” topped both the country music and pop charts. It proved to be a great success for Robbins and even won him a Grammy for Best Country & Western Song. Over the years, the song has been used in several movies and TV shows like “Breaking Bad” for instance. Robbins himself apparently loved the song enough to make two sequel tunes to it.
The first follow-up was “Faleena (From El Paso)” in 1966. The eight-minute tune explored the point of view of the Mexican lover. After the murder, she becomes heartbroken and ends up killing herself as a result. Almost a decade later, Robbins revisited the location with “El Paso City.”
Neither of the follow-ups were as successful as the original tune, however.