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Jan. 30: Marty Robbins liked what he heard when young Arkansas songwriter Melvin Endsley came to Nashville in the mid-’50s to pitch his tunes. This one earned Endsley a songwriting deal with top publisher Acuff-Rose Music, along with a whole lot of royalty money after Robbins’ chart-topping version and signer Guy Mitchell’s pop cover sold a combined 2.5 million records on the Columbia label.

This is one of my favorite country cuts. Robbins kicks it off on guitar with a run in the key of E. Ray Edenton, rhythm guitarist extraordinaire, provides a nice groove on lead guitar for a change. James Farmer’s steel, Owen Bradley’s piano and Robbins’ great voice round it out.

Endsley, who died in 2004, would have been 76 years old today. He had a minor recording career and wrote other hits (including “Knee Deep In The Blues” for Robbins, “Why I’m Walkin'” for Stonewall Jackson). But none matched the success, and to me the quality, of “Singing The Blues.”

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