Faron Young and Marty Robbins newsletter — 25 April 2012

Marty’s last MCA session took place  April 24, 1975. He recorded cuts for an album titledTen Sides of Marty, It was never released. Marty thought MCA focused on “four top artists that didn’t need their help: Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Olivia Newton-John, and Elton John.” He said MCA “forgot they might have had forty other artists on that label that weren’t doing a thing–and I was one of them.” Disagreement over a western album also soured his relationship with MCA. He said. “I wanted to leave them, and they wanted me to leave.”

Here’s a feature article about me in the Sunday newspaper: http://www.argusleader.com/article/20120422/LIFE/304220005/The-Navy-just-beginning?nclick_check=1

Jeff Chandler, back in Little Rock again, writes, “I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed meeting and visiting with you at the Hall of Fame party. That afternoon was truly a blast from the past for me, and I was so happy it all came together so well. The book is wonderful…you are an amazing writer. Thank you for all you have done…and tell your lovely sister I said hello!!! Please keep in touch…and thanks again for writing a book about my life…oh, and Marty’s too!!!!”



Kenny Clark reports, “It was a wonderful day for Larry Hunt, he really enjoyed seeing the old gang again. Thanks for all you’ve done.”

Tom Barton says, “I just have to say that I was SOOOOO tempted to jump in the car Friday afternoon and drive to Nashville from the Dallas area to be there! I sure wanted to be! Unfortunately, I had another commitment on Friday night that I had to keep… I am so glad that it went well.”

Barbie Corwin writes, “I’ve been behind in reading my e-mail for a while, but the reply you put in the newsletter was just fine. Hank was in the hospital again this past week. They didn’t find anything new, so, especially, things are still the same – he’s still recovering from the back injury.”

Mike Johns says, “I really enjoyed this most recent newsletter. It really looks like you had a great time. Twentieth Century Drifter is terrific, in my opinion, it is your best work to date.”

Les Leverett writes from Nashivlle, “I would have loved being at the CMHofF for that one. My wife is not well, and I spend a lot of time taking care of her. I wish you much well deserved success on the new book.”

Jimmy TeGantvoort in my hometown says, “Great job Diane, looks like something you will always remember, and it looks you are the closest thing I will ever be to a Nashville star.”

Linda Elliott Clark writes from Washington D.C., “Thanks for your continual updates and hard work to keep the country music legends alive. Congratulations on your book release.”

Jody Nix in Big Spring, Texas, says, “Great reading and congratulations on your wonderful book.”

Terry Counts says, “Double dippity doggone…I missed all of this good stuff!!!! I honestly intended to be there for your accolades and the opening but I reckon the doctors had a different idea!! Looks and sounds like it was a ball….I miss all the fun…no fair! Dying to (well, not dying to) but eagerly await getting out and around and getting the new book…but not for a few weeks yet, dernit…heard it was a blast. As usual…accolades!”

Doris Pape says, “Great Letter Diane.  As soon as I spy the Marty book in Huntsville, I am going to get it.  Looks like you all had a good time. Isn’t Sunshine Carol a wonderful person. She kept us so informed about what Marty was up to. Keep up the good work.”

Hank Corwin replaced Skip Jackson as Faron’s steel player in 1975. He told me, “I had been working at Opryland Park and doing studio work. Skip called to say he was leaving Faron, and I wasn’t doing anything, so I took the job. It lasted 6-7 months. While working for Faron, I also was a staff musician. I did all the Nashville On the Road television shows.” Hank retired from the Opry as a staff musician at the end of 1999. He says, “If you work the road and club dates, you can do that all your life, and at the end all you get is Social Security. I went with Porter Wagoner because he was an Opry member and I knew that contributed to the pension plan.”

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