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FLASHBACK ... OCT. 11, 1982

Marty Makes The Party

The CMA Awards of Oct. 11, 1982, shaped up as a night to remember for Marty Robbins, who was receiving the ultimate honor - induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. But it was also a night he nearly skipped. According to Marty's son, Ronny, Marty didn't see eye-to-eye with the CMA, which selects the Hall's members. "In his whole career, he never won a CMA Award, which had made him a little mad," recalls Ronny. "So he thought, 'Why should I even show up?' But once he realized how much the Hall of Fame induction meant to his family and friends, he decided that he would attend."

No singer could have been more deserving of enshrinement. In a career that spanned 30 years, Marty scored 16 No. 1 records, and also recorded pop, Western songs, Hawaiian music and rockabilly.

Marty's induction carried an added poignancy. On Dec. 8, less than two months after the ceremony, the beloved entertainer died at the age of 57 from a heart attack.