Marty Robbins' career lasted more than 30 years. He landed his first recording contract with Columbia Records in 1951 and was active in the music business until his death in 1982.
Marty Robbins was born and raised in Glendale, Arizona. He spent most of his teenage years working on his brother's ranch outside of Phoenix. Marty never graduated from high school and lived as a hobo committing petty crimes until he joined the Navy in 1943 to fight in World War II.
In 1967, Marty's song "Tonight Carmen" reached No. 1 on the country charts and his career picked up considerably. He had several songs in the Top 10 over the next decade. He had 94 charted country hits over the course of his career. Marty was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1981.