April 6, 2007 The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will pay tribute to one of the genre's most charismatic and well-rounded stars, Marty Robbins, with the cameo exhibition "Marty Robbins: Among My Souvenirs." The exhibit will open in the Museum's East Gallery on August 3, 2007, and will run through June 2008.
"Marty Robbins was one of the most versatile performers in American music history," said museum director Kyle Young. "Throughout his career, he recorded country, western, rockabilly, Hawaiian music, gospel and pop with equal mastery. He was a showman who engaged fans and created excitement whenever he took the stage. Factor in that he was also a songwriter, businessman, actor, author and stock-car racer, and you have a Renaissance man with few equals."
Marty was known for his dynamic live performances and had a close relationship with his fans, who called themselves "Marty's Army."
He was honored in April 1970 by the Academy of Country Music as its "Man of the Decade." The following year, he received his second Grammy Award for another self-penned classic, "My Woman, My Woman, My Wife."
As the 1980s began, Marty was enjoying renewed chart success and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October 1982, only seven weeks before he passed away at the age of 57. He left his fans with a varied body of work matched by few entertainers, and his name remains synonymous with showmanship, passion, talent and zest for life. "Marty Robbins: Among My Souvenirs" will be accompanied by an ongoing series of programs throughout the exhibit's duration.