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Single Of The Day-Marty Robbins “The Cowboy In The Continental Suit”

Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable, in the CD player, or in the MP3 player.  Today’s Single Of The Day is a cowboy song from one who sang them as good as anyone, Marty Robbins.  Of course, Marty scored several hits with Cowboy or Western-themed songs; we all know “El Paso”, “El Paso City”, “Big Iron”, and “The Hanging Tree”, but today’s single often seems to get lost in shuffle of vintage Robbins wax and vinyl, despite it’s popularity when released.

“The Cowboy In The Continental Suit” was Marty’s thirty-fifth single to appear on the Country 40, as it debuted in June of 1964, and soon became his twentieth top ten hit, as it ascended to as high as three on the charts.  The single actually outperformed the better-remembered tunes of “Big Iron” (#5, 1960) and “The Hanging Tree (#15, 1959).

An up tempo track, it’s a catchy song about a man who successfully rides a dangerous bronc, while wearing a continental suit.  There is a moral, of course, that one shouldn’t judge others, based on looks.  A great piece of music, too often overlooked in the annals of country music history.

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