Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always on the turntable, and today that good music is courtesy of the late, great Marty Robbins.
We’re going Classic 45, today, with Marty’s 1979 hit, “All Around Cowboy”. “All Around Cowboy” was a country radio staple during the summer. Marty’s second single release of 1979, its chart debut came in early July. It would eventually peak at sixteen in Billboard, thirteen in Cashbox, and eighteen in Radio and Records.
The song is also the title track to Marty’s first album release of 1979. Noteworthy because it was his last non-compilation album of western-themed songs. Unfortunately, despite getting generally good reviews, it wasn’t one of his biggest selling albums, only mustering a high of forty-five in Billboard’s country album charts.
The record is typical Billy Sherrill-style sound of the times. Lush, but not overly so. The record is enhanced with a Tex-Mex type of sound mixed in with the strings and works well with this track.
Though “All Around Cowboy” failed to garner a top ten placing for Marty Robbins, in my opinion, it’s a great single that arguably should have been bigger than it was. One of his best of the late 1970’s.
Saving vinyl, one record at a time.
About The Author
Mike the Country Musicologist is a lifelong music and radio fanatic, model railroader, lover of vintage agriculture, and big sports fan, including the Colts, Reds, Hurricanes, Pacers, Purdue & Butler Universities. He has collected records since childhood, focusing on classic country and top 40 oldies music. He convinced Vincennes University to give him an Associate’s Degree in broadcasting. He’s worked for several stations in Indiana and North Carolina. Be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.