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Souvenirs of Marty

Marty Robbins lives on at a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Marty Robbins is being honored with a special exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Marty Robbins: Among My Souvenirs, running through June 2008.

The Nov. 5 issue of Country Weekly chronicled some of the artifacts and memorabilia featured in the exhibit. Here are several more items that are included in this tribute to the legendary entertainer.

  • Marty’s 1944 Glendale (Ariz.) Union High School yearbook, which the school issued to him during what would have been his senior year. Marty dropped out in 1943 to join the Navy.
  • A reproduction of Marty’s 1973 NASCAR racing license
  • A hand-painted racing helmet Marty wore in the 1960s
  • Two small-bodied Martin 5-18 guitars, Marty’s signature instrument

Marty Robbins: Among My Souvenirs presents Marty, who died in 1982, as a well-rounded entertainer who stretched the boundaries of country music by recording rockabilly, Hawaiian music and western “gunfighter ballads” like “El Paso.” Marty also enjoyed a film career, appearing in more than a dozen movies, and starred in two syndicated television series.