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Marty Robbins

Fast Cars and Country Music

Barbara J. Pruett

From his first performance in the late 1940s until his early death in 1982, Marty Robbins established himself as one of the most popular and successful singer/songwriters in the latter half of the 20th century. On the country charts, he racked up 15 #1 hits, including the crossover smashes El Paso and A White Sport Coat (and a Pink Carnation).

A beloved entertainer, Robbins received honors from every major music association. El Paso became the first Grammy ever awarded to a Country song, while My Woman My Woman My Wife received the 1970 Grammy for Best Country Song. In 1969 Robbins was named artist of the decade by the Academy of Country Music. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1982. In addition to his success as a singer/songwriter, Robbins loved car racing. In the early 1970s he joined the NASCAR circuit and raced the rest of his life.

In Marty Robbins: Fast Cars and Country Music, author Barbara J. Pruett provides an exhaustive overview of Robbins' life and career. Nearly half of the book is a chronological listing (starting in 1948) of more than 2,000 magazine and newspaper articles and other sources of information about Robbins. Another section provides a basic discography of his hundreds of recordings, including both albums and singles released in his lifetime and after. The book also features a list of all of the songs he copyrighted, stories about his stock car racing activities, several previously unpublished photographs, and interviews with those who knew and worked with him—and even an extensive interview with Robbins himself. As a tribute to a great entertainer, this volume will be of interest not only to entertainment writers and researchers, but also to Marty Robbins fans worldwide.
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Scarecrow Press
Pages: 622Size: 5 3/4 x 8 1/2
978-0-8108-2325-9 • Hardback • January 1991 • $101.00 • (£70.00) - Currently out of stock. Copies will arrive soon.
978-0-8108-6036-0 • Paperback • July 2007 • $41.00 • (£27.95)
978-1-4616-6715-5 • eBook • July 2007 • $39.00 • (£24.95)
Barbara Pruett (MA, California State University, San Jose) has been a librarian and researcher in the entertainment field. Currently a writer and photographer, she has been a member of the Country Music Association since 1982.
...I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It's a must for all Marty Robbins fans.
Australian Rock 'N' Roll Appreciation Society

...lovingly detailed...

All Marty Robbins fans will want a copy...
Country Music Parade

...a definitive piece of research, an essential reference...gives a tremendous insight into the man, his music and his passion for racing.
Country Music People

...a must for any collection that endeavors to meet the needs of C&W fans.....
Public Library Quarterly

The bibliography seems extremely well done, and extremely complete...Pruett is a good researcher...
Mla Notes

...a must for any collection that endeavors to meet the needs of C&W fans.
Public Library Quarterly

...a Marty Robbins-buff's dream come true!...well worth it.

...a fine writer...excellent study...a worthy tribute to the man.
Coast Book Review Service

...researchers can have a field day with this...
Journal Of Country Music

Pruett assembles an extraordinary volume of print and audio resources to challenge future scholars...the perceptive organizational system and determination of this reference analyst separates this guide from other pedestrian efforts. Marty Robbins merits a perfect 10.
Journal of American Culture

...Pruett has established a high standard for biographical resource reference guides...
Theatre Of Rock

...a bibliography of sources on country singer/songwriter Marty Robbins. It is an annotated chronological listing of sources on the singer, dating from 1948 to 1988 and divided by decade. It is broken up between chapters of interviews, and preceded by biographical background. Citations include articles, reviews, lyrics, Billboard charts, photos, ads, and auto racing activities. A detailed discography that lists album contents, as well as a list of songs he copyrighted and an extensive interview with Bob Allen from 1981, is included.
Reference and Research Book News, November 2007