2 Shades of Grey

Songs from the soundtrack of your life

The El Paso Trilogy

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I remember Marty Robbins singing “El Paso” and “Big Iron” (both from the Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs LP).

But I didn’t know until we started to learn the original song to add to our repertoire that there were two other songs about that El Paso drama.

The original – which was voted among the best 100 country & western songs – was released in 1959 and went to No 1 on the country and pop charts. It featured Grady Martin on nylon-stringed guitar,which gave the song its Tex-Mex sound, and the Glaser Brothers provided the backing vocals.

The follow-up about Feleena was released in 1966, and Robbins wrote the final part of the trilogy in 1976 when it went No 1 on the country charts.

Here they all are.

First the story from the doomed cowboy’s perspective.

Then we have the back story about the girl he loved, Feleena.

Then a third person account by someone flying over El Paso who feels a connection with the cowboy.



Author: mikethepsych

He says he's a psychologist but aren't we all?

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