For a few brief
moments Marty Robbins is the Twentieth Century Drifter of his own song, with a
broken engine and bills to pay and just enough money to make the next race.
But only for a
few moments. He and Winters leave the track almost immediately. They go back to
their motel, change and drive the 100 miles to Houston to catch a late flight
back to Nashville. Tomorrow there is a taping session for the Dean Martin show
in the new Grand Ole Opry House now under construction next to an amusement
park outside Nashville. There is an engagement at Lake Tahoe to prepare for,
and hay to be baled at his 250-acre farm 10 miles out the Wilson Pike from
Franklin, Tenn. And there is a TV special to be completed, and a movie called
Motorcycle Joe going into production soon, and the charts to watch to see how
his latest single, A Man and a Train (from the Lee Marvin movie The Emperor of
the North Pole
), is doing, and whether his son Ronny's latest single, True
Love's Forgiving, is making a move, and his three music-publishing companies to
look in on, and can he get to Vegas in the fall?
takes three tranquilizers and falls dead asleep.
Hey, Marty, sing
us a song.