Archive for May, 2013

Faron Young and Marty Robbins newsletter — 29 May 2013

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

This periodic newsletter commemorates the lives of Faron Young and Marty Robbins. It’s been a year since the University of Illinois Press published Twentieth Century Drifter: The Life of Marty Robbins and reissued Live Fast, Love Hard: The Faron Young Story in soft cover.

Belmont Book Award Presentation  (more…)

Faron Young and Marty Robbins newsletter — 15 May 2013

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Marty Robbins 57 years ago
On May 19, 1956, Marty hosted the Prince Albert portion of the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. He’d been a guest numerous times in the past five years on this prestigious half-hour NBC radio show. When time came to recite the Prince Albert jingle, “Nature in her own pure way puts the flavor in P.A.,” Marty said, “Nature in her own P.A. puts the flavor in its pure way.” Fiddle player Earl White remembers Marty coming off the stage nearly crying, fearful he would never be allowed on the show again. “He messed it up,” White says, “and he thought sure he was ruined for life. He thought his career was over. But, needless to say, it wasn’t.” (more…)