A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation
# 2 in 1957
|Robbins was born Martin David Robinson in Glendale, a suburb of
Phoenix, in Maricopa County, Arizona, on September 26, 1925. Robbins
left the troubled home at the age of seventeen to serve in the United
States Navy. In addition to his recordings and performances, Robbins was
an avid race car driver, competing in NASCAR races, including the
Daytona 500. In 1967, Robbins played himself in the car racing film Hell
on Wheels. In 1948, Robbins married the former Marizona Baldwin
(September 11, 1930 - July 10, 2001) to whom he dedicated his song My
Woman, My Woman, My Wife. They had two children, a son, Ronny (born
1949), and a daughter, Janet, (born 1959). (Janet Robbins would go on to
become a singer herself.) Robbins died of complications following
cardiac surgery on December 8, 1982. At the times of their deaths, Marty
and Marizona lived in Brentwood in Williamson County, outside Nashville.
They are interred in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Nashville.