Marty Robbins performed a wide genre of music, including that of Honky-tonk, rockabilly, gospel, pop, and ballads. Robbins is well-known for his cowboy songs that were inspired by his life on the west. At a very young age, Robbins’ inspiration about cowboys came from his grandfather.
Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, The Album
Robbins’ famous cowboy song that hit No.1 on the charts was “El Paso.” His song, “El Paso,” allowed him to win a Grammy Award for Best Country and Western Recording. His album, Gunfighter Ballads, and Trail Songs, which included his top performing songs “El Paso” and “Big Iron” peaked the U.S. Pop Album Charts. If you really want to experience life in the Wild West, then Robbin’s album is definitely the best collection of songs that you should be listening to.
The Story of the “Big Iron“
In 1959, “Big Iron” was released. the song peaked at No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs, in 1960. You have to listen to the song’s lyrics to know what the title of the song means. A story of a Ranger, who’s a stranger in the town Agua Fria, challenged the most notorious outlaw. The outlaw, known as Texas Red, is a vicious murderer. As mentioned in the song, every man that challenged him were killed. Texas Red is only 24 years old but he killed twenty men, using the big iron on his hip. Now you have an idea what “Big Iron” means in the song. The “Big Iron” refers to the gun on their hips. Despite being infamous he was killed by the stranger who visited their town named Ranger.
“Big Iron” is a song Marty Robbins wrote. It is a traditional story of the Wild West life back then. The best part about the song is that you can picture clearly the story without difficulty. The song is crystal clear and it’s like a story you would like to keep on rereading.
The song was cover by various artist including Johnny Cash and Michael Martin Murphey. Robbins’ songs about the West makes you want to learn more about the life and history of it. In conclusion, his songs never fail to inspire younger generations of the life before.
It tells the story of an Arizona Ranger’s duel with a 24-year-old outlaw named Texas Red in the “town of Agua Fria”.
The townspeople predict the death of the ranger; an unconcerned Texas Red having already killed “one and nineteen” men, but at the moment they meet, the ranger kills Texas Red with the swiftness of the “big iron on his hip.”
The ranger’s draw was so swift, that Texas Red had not even “cleared leather,” killing the outlaw in one shot.
Robbins’s version of the song reached number 5 on the Billboard Country chart and number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in April 1960.
The B-side, “Saddle Tramp” was not included on Gunfighter Ballads, but was later placed on Robbins’ 1966 LP The Drifter.