Marty Robbins Twentieth Century Drifter

by David Jenyns on January 13, 2012

Marty’s top 10 hit from 1974. Marty was widely regarded as the best non-professional driver on the Nascar circuit. Somewhat incongrous for a guy whom at one time would throw up at the thought of ‘live’ television yet would strap himself in the cockpit of a stock car that would hurtle round the track in excess of 180 miles an hour! That Marty was really good at it should come as no surprise because he was an outrageously gifted person. He had some bad smashes and injuries, but considered racing as no more dangerous than playing golf and to illustrate his point he said many people were killed by lightning playing golf.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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bubbles6495 January 13, 2012 at 8:20 am



jhtenvelde January 13, 2012 at 9:15 am

Hi there Allen!How are you doing,I hope that you are doing allright.Once again I will like to thank you for keeping the memory of Marty? alive.For me and I think also for manny,manny more Marty was and still is the greatest gift of God an Angel with the most beautiful voice that I ever heard.I hope that he may rest in Heavenly peace and that he may perform every night for all our dearones that past awayR.I.P.Stay healthy together with your dearones and have a wonderful live.Say hi to Tadashi.


moparbody January 13, 2012 at 10:01 am

an original unlike anyone out? today


grannydyess January 13, 2012 at 10:30 am

@FreshKicksOnTheCourt showa you? have no taste or is your hearing damaged by this crap called rap and hip hop?


HomeDepot20TS January 13, 2012 at 10:43 am

Love this song. One of the greatest racing songs I’ve ever heard. I uploaded another great one, Dave Dudley’s “Fireball Rolled a Seven,” and Kyle Petty? had a great tribute to his dad called “Oh King Richard.”

I was only born in 1986 so obviously Marty had already passed on, but I’m a big fan of his music and racing exploits. What I love about this song is how he puts himself in the shoes of a true racing independent rather than the racing country music star.


FreshKicksOnTheCourt January 13, 2012 at 11:11 am



grannydyess January 13, 2012 at 12:07 pm

great as always. thanks for posting?


slohand12 January 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I live near Spartanburg, SC, and can remember when Marty’s #42 Dodge was based here at Cotton Owen’s shop off White Ave. At that time, we also had Bud Moore’s #15 team here,? and Mario Rossi’s #22 Dodge team here. If I remember correctly, Buddy Baker was driving for Bud, and Dick Brooks for Rossi.


newagelady07 January 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I have been looking for this song. This was my late? husbands favorite song. It brings back some good memories. Thanks for putting this on you tube.


Deb7476 January 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm

@edebeck This song is on the CD “Best of Marty Robbins” available on


edebeck January 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm

@Paul2k4 I also have had touble finding this song. I? have found it on an old LP vinyl disk from the 70’s called Country Sunshine.


trh55 January 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm

This song was a favorite of mine when I raced stock cars in the early 70’s. I saw Marty record his best Nascar finish (5th) at MIS in the early 70’s. This video shows some great photos of other racers that have passed with Marty like CoCo Marlin and Tiny Lund. Racing is different nowadays, and I don’t care for it as much. Thanks for making this great? video and tribute to Marty.


Gotyler5 January 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I? always think of my grandpa, the late Lloyd Ruby


tonks78 January 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Thanks so much for posting this! For some reason every time I hear this song I always think of not only Marty behind? a NASCAR wheel, but I think of the Intimidator, himself.


racer1510 January 13, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I looked for this song for over 2 years..Ernnest Tubbs record store,the internet and? everywhere in local fye(record store) finally found it for me on a cd called truckers jukebox ..they had to order it for me and when it came it was the right song..that is the only album(cd) this song was ever included on.


Paul2k4 January 13, 2012 at 6:01 pm

This is the hardest song in the world? to find GREAT POST


appaloosaspot January 13, 2012 at 6:58 pm

@BrickPa Hello BrickPa, I too? have been looking for this particular MR song. I used to race stock cars (1971-75). I couldn’t find it anywhere. Then a friend told me about a guy (tarkuin45) and that he has most of MR songs
and he may have it. So I wrote to tarquin45 and asked him. He said he had it and would post it. WE LOST 1 of the greatest here—much to early!!


BrickPa January 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Thanks Heaps. It? has only been 35 years since the one and only time I heard this song before.

But, you know, Marty does a good job with rockabilly styles too doesn’t he.


meyc534 January 13, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Been looking? for this for ages!Thanks for adding


adfrog0010 January 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Marty is and always the king of western country? music


tshirtable January 13, 2012 at 9:52 pm

diddo’s? from me too


appaloosaspot January 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

M.R. was and still is the best of the best. I had / have been looking for this song and video for a very long time. ?
TY tarquin45 you are super!!


grannydyess January 13, 2012 at 10:34 pm

thanks again tarquin.? another great marty song.


jhtenvelde January 13, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Hi there Tarquin,this shows how talented Marty was.The ballads are just great,but also these uptempo songs are also wonderful.I think that when you are a fan of Marty and? his voice his music is the best.Thank you again Tarquin for posting these vids,I love to here them.


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