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Marty Robbins
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Marty Robbins

Marty Robbins, (September 26 1925 - December 8, 1982), born Martin David Robinson near Glendale, Arizona, served in the United States Navy during World War II and went on to become an immensely popular singing star of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee and a talented NASCAR race car driver.

Amongst his musical accomplishments he won the first Grammy Award ever for a country song for his hit "El Paso," won the Grammy Award for the Best Country & Western Recording 1961, won the Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1970, was named Artist of the Decade (1960-69) by the Academy of Country Music, was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1982, and was given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998 for his song "El Paso."

Between recording songs and touring, Marty Robbins was an avid race car driver, competing with the best Stock Car drivers in the World including at the Daytona 500.

Marty Robbins died on December 8, 1982 and was interred in the Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.

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