Sunday, December 02, 2012

Record #0194: A White Sport Coat (and a Pink Carnation) / Grown-Up Tears – MARTY ROBBINS

Columbia 40864 (original) USA, Mar. 1957
Words & Music by:  Side A – Marty Robbins; Side BRay Conniff, Fred Weismantel, Bob Schell
Musicians:  Marty Robbins (vocals), Al Caiola (guitar), Billy Mure (guitar), Dick Hyman (piano), Frank Carroll (bass), Ed Shaughnessy (drums), arranged by Ray Conniff
Recording sessions:  Produced by Mitch Miller at Columbia Recording Studio, New York, NY, Jan. 25, 1957 (11.30 pm – 2.30 am)
Highest chart positions: US #2, US Country #1, Australia #1

This was Robbins’ third US Country #1 single and an international hit. This was also his first recording session in New York.

There was a quite solid group of session musicians backing him on this one. It has been said that Robbins demanded to have Ray Conniff as the arranger for the session. This was due to a lost “battle” Robbins had with Guy Mitchell with the song “Singing the Blues” in 1956. Mitchell’s version was arranged by Conniff and it went #1 in both US and UK charts, whereas Robbins’ release went US #17 and US Country #1.

List price:  Very Good+ $12.50, Near Mint $25

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