Time for another country classic.
Generally I find that a country tune is a welcome addition to my Swingin' Fitness older adult classes. Always good to vary your musical style choices. Though country music frequently contains very depressing lyrics, it is often juxtaposed with an upbeat bouncy melody. The song Singing The Blues, is no exception.
"Well I never felt more like cryin' all night
'Cause everything's wrong and nothing ain't right
Without you, you got me singin' the blues"
Written by Melvin Endsley and published in 1956, Marty Robbins was the first artist to record and release Singing The Blues though it was Guy Mitchell who actually had more success with the tune.
Born in Glendale, a suburb of Phoenix Arizona, Robbins was one of ten children raised in a family with many challenges. At 17 he went off to join the Navy. It is said that in order to pass the time during the war he learned to play guitar and started writing songs. He had a particular liking for Hawaiin music which you can definitely hear in his and many other country artist's music.
Robbins went on to a career in radio, then his own television show and ultimately made frequent appearances on The Grand Ole Opry stage. Interestingly he was also an avid race car driver having competed in thirty-five NASCAR Grand National races with six top ten finishes.
Among numerous other musical accomplishments, Marty Robbins' 1957 recording A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation earned him a gold record for his sales of one million copies. In 1959, he won a Grammy Award for his the timeless country favourite El Paso. It's a great tune for Cinco de Mayo themed events and classes.
Marty Robbins charted 17 number one hits on the Billboard Country charts during the course of his illustrious musical career. I think you'll find that his version of Singing the Blues will be a great twangy addition to your set list.