July 10, 2007 The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will honor singer, songwriter and actor Marty Robbins in "Marty Robbins: Among My Souvenirs," a biographical exhibit opening August 3 for an 11-month run in the Museum's East Gallery.
Opening weekend festivities will include guided tours of the exhibit and a panel discussion with some of Marty's friends and family. Weekend screenings will include Marty Robbins at Town Hall Party and the 1967 film Hell on Wheels, including musical performances by Marty, the Stoneman Family and Connie Smith. Marty's former assistant, Lucy Coldsnow Smith, now a top film dialogue and sound editor, will reflect on her years with Marty and share stories of his imprint on her life and career.
"Marty Robbins was a man with a huge appetite for life," said museum director Kyle Young. "He consistently treated challenges as opportunities, used them to his best advantage and became one of the most stylistically diverse and most beloved stars in country music history.
"We are grateful to Marty's son, Ronny Robbins, for his cooperation and assistance in planning 'Among My Souvenirs,' and we are pleased to welcome Ronny and all the Marty Robbins friends and collaborators who will be with us to help tell his story from their personal viewpoints."
Marty's 35-year career earned him induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1982, just seven weeks before he died of chronic heart disease at age 57. Through stage costumes, vintage photos, awards, original song manuscripts, instruments, posters and advertisements, personal correspondence and career-spanning audio and video, "Among My Souvenirs" will show how Marty stretched country music's boundaries by recording rockabilly, teen-pop, Hawaiian music and Tin-Pan Alley standards; returned country to its western roots with cowboy songs like "El Paso"; was a consummate showman, appearing in more than a dozen films and two syndicated television series; and was a family man who enjoyed racing stock cars.