New Memoir Features|
"Some memories just won't die," country music legend Marty Robbins sang in one of his final
recordings before his death from heart failure on December 8th, 1982.
In a new memoir entitled "Some Memories - Growing Up With Marty Robbins," his twin sister Mamie
reminisces about the childhood they shared in and around Phoenix, Arizona, in the 1920s and '30s.
Descended from Texas and Arizona cowboys and Utah Mormons on their mother's side and Polish stock
from Michigan on their father's, Marty and Mamie spent their early years in poverty and domestic
strife. What they lacked in material wealth though, they found in the riches of their desert
In anecdotes about the family's frequent moves and squalid living conditions, Mamie recalls the
feisty brother who always seemed able to laugh off setbacks. There are also glimpses of Marty's
developing interest in music, from playing harmonica with his father and uncle to his first gigs as
a shy sideman in a local band.
Marty moved to Nashville in the early 1950s, but he never lost his attachment to the Southwest.
Stories he heard and the wild open terrain he loved inspired him to write his international hit "El
Paso" and other gunfighter ballads.
In 1960, "El Paso" won him the first of two Grammy awards in the Country and Western category. The
second followed 10 years later for his composition, "My Woman, My Woman, My Wife." Among his other
18 Country chart toppers between 1956 and 1976 were "A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation),"
"Devil Woman" and "El Paso City."
In addition to his music, Marty acted in television Westerns and even wrote a short Western novel,
entitled "The Small Man." His great passion outside music and family was stock car racing, and he
was nationally rated as a NASCAR driver.
Sadly, Mamie passed away before this account was completed, but the adventures she shared with her
brother live on in these vivid and heartfelt descriptions. Much of the material was adapted by
journalist Andrew Means from interviews given to him by Mamie. Additional material came from friends
and family who knew Marty in his formative years living in Glendale, serving in the Navy during
World War Two, and subsequently making a name for himself on the Phoenix entertainment scene.
The 136-page book can be ordered from Booklocker.com (http://booklocker.com/books/2781.html), priced
at $12.95. Alternatively, it can be downloaded as an e-book for $8.95.
For more information, contact Andrew Means at SomeMemoriesGrow@cs.com or (480) 429 4539.
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