Favorite City Songs #10 - "El Paso"

@teamfreak16 (42042)
Denver, Colorado
September 10, 2017 9:53pm CST
Awhile back, @FourWalls did a countdown of her favorite songs with a city in the title. I've been meaning to steal her idea for some time, and now seems like a perfect time. Hence, my Favorite City Songs series. We'll begin, as always, with #10: "El Paso" by Marty Robbins. From his 1959 album, Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, "El Paso" tells the story of a gunfighter that falls in love with a girl, only after gunning down a newcomer, he is forced to steal a horse and flee El Paso. However, his love is such that he returns, only to be killed upon arrival. To say that "El Paso" was successful is an understatement. The song hit #1 on both the Billboard Hot C&W Sides and that magazine's Hot 100, and won the Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording. My grandpa listened to a lot of country and western while he was alive, and I hung out with him a lot. "El Paso" was one of his favorites. A friend's dad also played a lot of Marty Robbins, so I heard it quite a bit, and whenever I hear it I look back fondly. The Grateful Dead was known to play it live, and it has been covered by several artists, notably Old 97's, Michael Martin Murphy, and was parodied by Homer and Jethro. Again, this brings back some great memories. Give it a listen and see why. (Info verified by Wikipedia)
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@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
11 Sep 17
This was the #1 song on the day I was born. But don't blame me, I was too young to buy records then
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@teamfreak16 (42042)
• Denver, Colorado
11 Sep 17
I should look that up for my birth date. Might be interesting.
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@FourWalls (15789)
• United States
11 Sep 17
@teamfreak16 -- "He'll Have to Go" by Jim Reeves was #1 when I was born. I'm sure that has nothing to do with my love of Gentleman Jim.....
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@TRBRocks420 (84392)
• Banks, Oregon
11 Sep 17
Great song I always liked this too and, my Grandpa loved country western too.
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@FourWalls (15789)
• United States
11 Sep 17
"Goodbye Velveeta, whatever you are." (H&J's version) An absolute classic. My only complaint is Grady Martin's guitar playing gets too overbearing throughout the song.
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@teamfreak16 (42042)
• Denver, Colorado
11 Sep 17
It is some great guitar play, though.
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@FayeHazel (21431)
• United States
11 Sep 17
I like those story telling songs ... I didn't know it was Marty Robbins
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@teamfreak16 (42042)
• Denver, Colorado
11 Sep 17
It's one of the all-time story songs.
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@FayeHazel (21431)
• United States
11 Sep 17
@teamfreak16 I tried singing along once. Wowza that is a lot of words
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@teamfreak16 (42042)
• Denver, Colorado
11 Sep 17
@FayeHazel - That is a lot of lyrical content.
@JohnRoberts (65037)
• Los Angeles, California
27 Sep 17
You reached back for a classic. I remember this from childhood.
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@teamfreak16 (42042)
• Denver, Colorado
27 Sep 17
Me too. I heard it lots of times when I was a kid.
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@andriaperry (61173)
• Anniston, Alabama
11 Sep 17
Hey I know this old song!
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@teamfreak16 (42042)
• Denver, Colorado
11 Sep 17
I couldn't leave it off the list.