Country Music

Keith Urban Captivates with Marty Robbins Classics

In 2009, the ACM (Academy of Country Music) convened a special event to pay tribute to the artists of previous decades whose enduring influence had shaped the contemporary landscape of country music. This momentous occasion brought together a new generation of artists who took the stage to perform iconic songs from the past. Beyond these heartfelt tributes, the ACM crowned George Strait as the Artist of the Decade, a fitting honor for his remarkable contributions to the genre.

Among the performers entrusted with celebrating the legacy of country music was Keith Urban, who was tasked with crafting a medley of songs by the legendary Marty Robbins for the ACM Artist of the Decade All-star Concert. Taking center stage with his guitar, Keith Urban commenced the performance by offering a brief introduction to Robbins, sharing personal anecdotes about his admiration for the renowned singer and describing him as the epitome of coolness.

Urban’s rendition of Marty Robbins’ classics was nothing short of spectacular. He kicked off with a spirited rendition of “Singing the Blues,” infusing his unique yodeling prowess into the song and earning a resounding round of applause from the audience. Transitioning seamlessly, Urban paid homage to Robbins’ monumental hit, “El Paso,” gracing the audience with a mesmerizing guitar riff. The performance culminated with a lively rendition of “A White Sport Coat and A Pink Carnation,” leaving no doubt that Marty Robbins himself would have been immensely proud of Urban’s heartfelt tribute.

The songs chosen for this special performance by Keith Urban were not just any songs; they were Marty Robbins’ chart-topping hits. “Singing the Blues,” originally penned by Melvin Endsley, became a chart-topper in 1956, marking Robbins’ second number one single. “El Paso,” released in 1959, emerged as his most significant hit, dominating both the country and pop charts. Following closely in success, “A White Sport Coat and A Pink Carnation” achieved the status of Robbins’ third number one country single just a year after “Singing the Blues.”

These chart-topping classics, performed with passion and skill at the ACM concert by Keith Urban, serve as enduring gems in the rich tapestry of country music history. For those who cherish the genre, this performance was a poignant reminder of the timelessness of these remarkable songs and their indelible impact on the world of country music. To witness Keith Urban’s exceptional yodeling skills and heartfelt tribute, one need only watch the footage of his performance at the ACM All-star concert.

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