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Today in Country Music, October 11, featuring Marty Robbins

Posted By: Barry Kent · 10/11/2012 10:34:00 AM

Today in country music, October 11.

On this day in 2011, Martina Mcbride released her eleventh album, called Eleven… Martina rode a train that left Los Angeles the day before and headed across the country with various stops to promote the new project.

Today in 2001, Alan Jackson grabbed his 18th Billboard #1 with "Where I Come From."

George Strait recorded "Fly Me To The Moon," a duet with one of his musical heroes, Frank Sinatra, on this day in 1993.

And on this day in 1982, Marty Robbins was inducted into The Country Music Hall Of Fame.

Singer/Songwriter/Race Driver. Began writing songs while in the Navy during World War II. Signed by Columbia Records and had his first number one country single with "I'll Go On Alone" in 1953. He also became a member of the Grand Ole Opry that same year. Over the course of his career he would have 15 more number 1 songs on the country charts with several of them also reaching the top ten on the pop charts. His most famous songs include "A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)," "El Paso," "Devil Woman," "Don't Worry," and "My Woman, My Woman, My Wife." In 1965, he became interested in stock car racing and from 1966 to 1982 he competed in 35 NASCAR Winston Cup races. He had 6 top ten finishes with his best effort being a fifth place finish in the 1974 Motorstate 400 at Michigan Speedway. On October 11, 1982 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and his last NASCAR race was in the Atlanta Journal 500 on November 7, 1982. He died of a heart attack just one month later.

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