Sunday, July 12, 2009


YouTube - Marty Robbins Sings 'Ghost Riders In The Sky.' Once we are born you never know when when your number is going to be called and the day the "Grim Reaper" will come to take you from this earthly plane to your next adventure in the afterlife. I was in attendance in Nashville, Tennessee for the last performance of the Legendary country and western singer songwriter and musician Marty Robbins. Click the "You Tube" link above to listen to Mary singing the Stan Jones classic cowboy/western song "Ghost Riders In The Sky"

I was attending a National Tour Association national convention on December 7,1982 when Marty Robbins gave his last performance at a luncheon hosted by the local Nashville Tennessee Visitors Bureau at the Opryland Hotel. Marty sang many of his well known songs such as the 1959 Grammy award winning song "El Paso", "Red River Valley","My Woman, My Woman ,My Wife", and "Ghost Riders In the Sky". Marty Robbins appeared to be a little under the weather that day but gave a good performance during the luncheon and appeared slightly discouraged that day as some of the convention attendees were busy talking and eating their lunch while he was singing so they couldn't cheer as loudly as a typical concert setting with their mouths full of food. We were all surprised to learn that Marty died the next day at the age of 57.

Marty Robbins also had a passion for stock car racing and participated in the NASCAR Daytona 500 in 1973. His last race was the November 7th, 1982 Atlanta 500 a month before he died from complications from cardiac surgery.

Marty became the newest "Ghost Rider In The Sky" after that December 7th luncheon performance to ride the Western trails on his horses and the stock car tracks of the afterlife.