I hadn’t quite figured out how to incorporate blog posts with FaceBook posts when this was originally sent. I’m sending it again, along with apologies to those of you who already saw it. On the other hand, you can’t get enough of Marty Robbins.
When I was thinking about creative titles for this book, one of my first ideas was “A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation.” That song, and a few others, has always stuck in my head, as I remember hanging out at a friend’s house listening to one of his older brothers, who resembled Ricky Nelson, sing it. “A White Sports Coat” became number one in 1957 on the American country chart and number two on the Billboard chart.
I was surprised to learn that Marty Robbins, the guy who sang it and is pictured above in what looks like a faded white sport coat and a red flower, had previously released another one of my all-time favorites, “Singing the Blues,” but I never heard his rendition, since another version of that same song, sung by Guy Mitchell had quickly surpassed it. The Mitchell version…
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