Marty Robbins & His Unforgettable Song, “El Paso”
Released in 1959, the song had nine verses and three bridges that ran well over four minutes. Robbins’ music label cut the original 4 minutes and 37-second song down to under a minute less.
However, once disc jockeys got their hands on the B side of the record containing the original longer version, “El Paso” became a hit on the airwaves.
Robbins’ song rose to the top spots on both the country and pop charts after it was released. This led the Western Writers of America to name it as one of the Top 100 Western Songs of All Time.
Two Country Legends Come Together to Honor Another
The song made such an impact in the country music world that ten years after Robbins’ death, Charley Pride and Glen Campbell joined together in 1992 to honor him by performing “El Paso” in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The only instrument played was Campbell’s acoustic guitar while the two men delivered a beautiful performance of Robbins’ most famous song.
Pride took the lead at first, singing alone, while Campbell stood back, joyfully playing the guitar. When the two gathered, their voices combined into perfect harmony.
Charley Pride & Glen Campbell Sing to the Heavens
Charley’s love and respect for Robbins were obvious while he performed. He seemed Pride was trying to sing his appreciation into the sky to Marty.
“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 explains to Rolling Stone when talking about Robbins.
Campbell’s voice joined in and sounded so uniquely different than Charley’s deeper, rougher voice. The performance turned into a ballad beautiful enough to reach into the heavens and touch Marty Robbins.