Three Times Marty Robbins’ ‘El Paso’ was Sung in El Paso, Texas
The iconic Marty Robbins' "El Paso" song still gets people singing along at local bars and in big crowds.
For those new to the area, Rosa's is still right where Robbins first found it at 3454 Doniphan.
Rumor has it that he didn't actually go into Rosa's as it was closed when he and his band passed through town but while resting and gazing across the desert into the "badlands of New Mexico", the song was born, according to Huffpost.
The classic tale of an old west love triangle gone bad has become synonymous with both El Paso and Rosa's Cantina. There have been a zillion covers of the song by artists of all genres. Comedian Steve Martin even "monkeyed" around with it once.
Over the years, I have seen a ton of bands cover the song during their concerts here in El Chuco. The song is so well known that, once bands actually get here, they can't stop themselves from playing at least part of it. They haven't all been captured on video but here are three live versions of the song, filmed right here in El Paso, that I found.
First up, The Killers version from 2013.
Next, The Rolling Stones from their 2006 visit to the Sun Bowl.
Last but not least, (half of), Metallica put an interesting spin on it in 2019.
The song has been done a zillion times by a zillion artists and if I find other versions, online or in private collections, I'll update this for you.
If you would like to know more about Rosas's Cantina, watch this.