Singer-composer Marty Robbins helped bridge the gaps between country, rockabilly and pop music with ballads such as "El Paso" and "A White Sport Coat."
Robbins won two Grammy awards during a three-decade career that saw him at the very peak of country western charts.
With 43 Top-20 country and western records during his career, Robbins was considered one of the champions in his field, his success surpassed, perhaps, only by that of Johnny Cash.
Marty Robbins was a race car driver too. He drove at the highest level of NASCAR — on the high-banked superspeedways where stock cars race inches apart at 200 mph.
In 1975, Robbins was in accidents in three successive races and announced his retirement. He was in a three-car pileup in the Daytona 500, received a head gash requiring 32 stitches in a 10-car accident at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and was hospitalized after crashing at the Talladega Superspeedway. A few days after the accident at Charlotte, Robbins was back on the stage.
"You've heard of movie stars putting their fingerprints in cement at the Chinese Theatre?" he asked his audience. "Well, since I was trying to be a race car driver the other day at Charlotte, I decided to leave my face in a cement wall, only the wall had already dried."