The world knows Dec. 8 as the anniversary of John Lennon’s murder. But country music also lost one of its greats on this date: Marty Robbins, who died of a heart attack in 1982, just two weeks after he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In Robbins’ honor, here’s a post from the 3 Chords a Day archives regarding his signature hit, “El Paso,” and its two follow-up story songs.

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