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On this day in music history: January 4, 1960 - “El Paso” by Marty Robbins hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also topping the Country singles chart for 7 weeks on December 21, 1959. Written by Marty Robbins, it will be the biggest hit for the country and pop vocalist born Martin David Robinson. Recorded at Columbia Studios in Nashville, TN in April of 1959, the song features legendary studio musician Grady Martin playing the songs’ signature Spanish guitar riff throughout the song. Columbia Records will initially refuse to release the song as a single due to 4:40 length, then considered way too long for radio airplay. It is included on his album “Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs” and will become so popular as an LP cut, that Columbia finally relents to overwhelming public demand and issues it as a single. “El Paso” will not only become the first record to win a Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording in 1961, it will also become the first #1 single of the 1960’s. “El Paso” will also be inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1998.
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