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"Big Iron" is a country ballad by Marty Robbins, originally released as an album track on Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs in September 1959, then as a single in February 1960. It tells the story of an unnamed Arizona Ranger's duel with an outlaw named Texas Red (modeled on Billy the Kid) in the town of Agua Fria, New Mexico. The town predicts the death of the ranger, but he kills Texas Red with the quickness of the "big iron" on his hip. Breaking the tradition of Western showdowns taking place at high noon, the duel begins at 11:20. Robbins' version of the song reached #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in April 1960.[1]

In albums

  • Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs (September 1959), a compilation, CL 1349 - mono, CS 8158 - stereo, PC 8158
  • More Greatest Hits (April 1961), CL 1635 - mono, CS 8435 - stereo, PC 8435
  • Bend In The River (1968), D 445 - mono (Columbia Musical Treasuries), DS 445 - stereo
  • The Heart of Marty Robbins (1969), STS 2016 (Columbia Star Series)
  • All Time Greatest Hits (August 1972), CG 31361, KG 31361, C 31361
  • Marty! (1972 - 5 record set), P5S 5812 (Columbia Musical Treasury)
  • Streets Of Laredo, KH 32286 (Harmony, August 1973), LE 10576 (Columbia, December 1973)
  • Marty Robbins' Own Favorites (1974), P 12416 (Columbia Special Products)
  • Marty Robbins Gold (1975), NU 9060 (K-Tel)
  • Kingfish (1976)
  • All Around Cowboy (1980) P 15594
    • No. 1 Cowboy (1980), P 15594 (re-release of "All Around Cowboy")
  • Marty Robbins (1981), GS 4003 (History of Country Music, Sunrise Media)
  • A Lifetime Of Song 1951 - 1982 (August 1983), C2 38870
  • Memories In Song (1983 - 2 record set), P2 19162 (Columbia Special Product)
  • The Best Of Marty Robbins (1984), RB4-214-1
  • The Essential MARTY ROBBINS:1951-1982 (1991), Sony Music Entertainment Inc C2T 48537 CT48538 CT 48539
  • Michael Martin Murphey: Cowboy Songs III (Duet with Robbins with family's blessing)(1993) Warner Western 45423-2
  • MARTY ROBBINS Lost and found (1994), Sony Music Entertainment Inc CT 57695
  • MARTY ROBBINS Memories In Song (1994), Sony Music Special Products Compact Disc A 19163
  • MARTY ROBBINS LIVE Concert Versions Of His Greatest Hits (1995),Pickwick Group Ltd London England 300382
  • Under Western Skies (Oct 1995), Bear Family Records, West Germany 4 CD Box Set BCD 15646
  • MARTY ROBBINS Legendary Country Singers (1995), Sony Music Special Products R989-06 PT-25142
  • Story Of My Life: Best of MARTY ROBBINS (Mar 1996), Sony Music Entertainment Inc Sony CK 64763
  • Under the Influences (1999) by Mike Ness
  • Big Iron (2001) by Carol Noonan
  • Unearthed (2003) by Johnny Cash

References

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 533.
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