October 30, 2014

There Is a There There @ the Gray Loft Gallery

There Is a There There

November 14 – December 12, 2014

I will have new work in the exhibition
"There Is a There There"
opening at the Gray Loft Gallery in November. 

Artists’ opening reception: 
2nd Friday November 14, 6 – 9 pm

Open during Jingletown 9th Annual Winter Art Walk: 
Dec. 6 & 7, 11 – 6 pm

2nd Friday closing reception: 
December 12, 6 – 9 pm

October 24, 2014

101 Reel-to-Reel Tapes 81: Marty Robbins ~ This Much a Man

Marty Robbins ~ This Much a Man
reel-to-reel tape box cover  
 tape box cover photo by Hope Powell
photo of box cover by Styrous©

In addition to my vinyl LP record collection I'm selling, I have hundreds of reel-to-reel, pre-recorded tapes as well. This is an entry about one of them that is for sale on eBay (see link below). Interested? Contact me by email, please, not by a comment.

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Martin David Robinson, aka, Marty Robbins, was born on September 26, 1925, in Glendale, a suburb of Phoenix in Maricopa County, Arizona. He left home at 17 to serve in the United States Navy as an LCT coxswain during World War II. He was stationed in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean. To pass the time during the war, he learned to play the guitar, started writing songs and came to love Hawaiian music.

 Marty Robbins ~ This Much a Man
reel-to-reel tape box back 
photo by Styrous©

The Robbins 1957 recording of A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. This song always brings back fond memories of my Junior year in high school. I loved the song so much I actually bought a neat sport coat that was off-white with subtle, very tiny specks of red colored threads in it. I loved that coat as much as the song.

His musical accomplishments include the Grammy Award for his 1959 hit and signature song El Paso, taken from his album Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs. El Paso was the first song to hit No. 1 on the pop chart in the 1960s. It was followed up, successfully, by Don't Worry, which reached No. 3 on the pop chart in 1961, becoming his third, and last, Top 10 pop hit. El Paso was followed by one prequel and one sequel: Feleena and El Paso City. The Grateful Dead did a cover of El Paso.

He won the Grammy Award for the Best Country & Western Recording 1961, for his follow-up album More Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, and was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1970, for My Woman, My Woman, My Wife. Robbins was named Artist of the Decade (1960–1969) 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.

Marty Robbins ~ This Much a Man
reel-to-reel tape box back detail
detail photo by Styrous©

An interesting music history note: when Robbins was recording his 1961 hit Don't Worry, session guitarist Grady Martin accidentally created the electric guitar "fuzz" effect — his six-string bass was run through a faulty channel in a mixing console. Marty decided to keep it in the final version. The song reached No. 1 on the country chart, and No. 3 on the pop chart.

 Marty Robbins ~ This Much a Man
reel-to-reel tape box back detail
detail photo by Styrous©

Robbins made many appearances at the world famous, Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. After his discharge from the military in 1947, he began to play at local venues in Phoenix then moved on to host his own show on KTYL and then his own television show on KPHO-TV in Phoenix. After Little Jimmy Dickens made a guest appearance on Robbins' TV show, Dickens got Robbins a record deal with Columbia Records.

Marty Robbins ~ This Much a Man
reel-to-reel tape box back detail
detail photo by Styrous©

Robbins also did a couple of film acting gigs. In 1972, he starred in the movie "Guns of a Stranger" (originally titled "The Drifter") and appeared with Chill Wills and Dovie Beams; it was released in 1973. He died on December 8, 1982, a few weeks before the release of the Clint Eastwood film Honkytonk Man, in which he starred, of complications following cardiac surgery. At the time of his death, Robbins lived in Brentwood in Williamson County, outside Nashville, Tennessee.

Marty Robbins ~ This Much a Man
reel-to-reel tape
photo by Styrous©

Marty Robbins ~ This Much a Man
reel-to-reel tape label detail
detail photo by Styrous©

Track listing:

Side 1:

A1 - This Much A Man written by Marty Robbins - 2:56
A2 - Funny Face written by Donna Fargo - 2:56
A3 - Franklin, Tennessee written by Marty Robbins - 3:03
A4 - She's Too Good To Be True written by Johnny Duncan - 2:54
A5 - You Don't Really Know written by Jim Easterling - 3:16
A6 - Leaving Is A Whole Lot Harder written by Bill D. Johnson - 2:39

Side 2:

B1 - Overhurt And Underloved written by Buddy Mize - 2:55
B2 - It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad) written by Glenn Martin, Frank Cochran - 3:47
B3 - Eyes written by Karen Russell, Marty Robbins - 3:03
B4 - Making The Most Of A Heartache written by Bob Binkley, Phoebe Binkley - 2:55
B5 - Guess I'll Just Stand Here Looking Dumb written by Johnny Holland, Larry Locke - 2:15


    Engineer – Mike Figlio, Stan Hutto
    Liner Notes – Sammy Jackson
    Photography By [Cover Photo] – Hope Powell
    Producer – Marty Robbins

Marty Robbins, This Much a Man, 7½ ips reel-to-reel tape, country

Decca/MCA - DST 75389-C


Web links:

Marty Robbins website

Marty Robbins discography

Music on YouTube:
A White Sport Coat 
El Paso 
El Paso (long version)

Marty Robbins, This Much a Man, reel-to-reel tape, is for sale on eBay 

other reel-to-reel tapes on eBay