Marty Robbins – Don’t Worry…The country song that changed Rock and Roll

The song peaked at #1 on Billboards Hot Country song chart and #3 on Billboards Hot 100 chart on March 19, 1961.

From wideopencountry

Due to an error in the recording process, Marty Robbins’ 1961 single “Don’t Worry” impacted more than the country and pop charts at the time. Before the Beatles made it to the States, inspiring teenagers across the country to form bands, an otherwise typical love ballad by Robbins accidentally introduced the listening public to electric guitar “fuzz” effects.

Grady Martin, a rockabilly and county legend and A-list session musician, was the secret weapon behind Robbins’ “El Paso,” Loretta Lynn’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and other all-time great recordings. On “Don’t Worry,” he played six-string bass. A relatively tame song sounds way different when Martin’s solo begins about the 1:25 mark. He’d run his instrument through a faulty mixing console. As a result, it sounded like he’d stirred up a nest of metallic hornets.

Apparently, Martin didn’t care for the effect. Producer Don Law disagreed, leaving the unusual wrinkle in the final cut. The decision didn’t hinder the song’s success. In addition to becoming Robbins’ seventh number one country hit, it ranked as high as third on the pop chart.

Whatever hesitations Martin may have had about guitar fuzz must not have lasted. He built a whole song around the effect, fittingly titled The Fuzz,” and recorded it with his band the Slewfoot Five. It was released the same year as “Don’t Worry.”

Session engineer Glen Snoddy also took advantage of the situation. He hung onto the faulty mixing channel and made it available to other artists. By 1962, Snoddy helped sell the idea for a fuzz pedal to the Gibson Guitar Corporation.

The effect appeared in a handful of future country songs, including Carl Butler’s Wonder Drug,” Kay Adam’s Little Pink Mac and most famously, Merle Haggard’s The Running Kind.” But for the most part, it’s associated with rock music, especially after the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards used it to simulate the sound of a horn on 1965’s “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”

Don’t Worry

Don’t worry ’bout me, it’s all over now
Though I may be blue, I’ll manage somehow
Love can’t be explained, can’t be controlled
One day it’s warm, next day it’s cold

Don’t pity me, ’cause I’m feeling blue
Don’t be ashamed it might happen to you
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, love, kiss me
One time then go love, I’ll understand
Don’t worry ’bout me

Sweet, sweet, sweet, love will I want you to be
As happy as I when you love me
I’ll never forget you your sweet memory it’s all over now
Don’t worry bout me

When one heart tells one heart, one heart goodbye
One heart is free, one heart will cry
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh sweet, sweet baby, sweet baby, sweet
It’s all right, don’t worry ’bout me…

7 thoughts on “Marty Robbins – Don’t Worry…The country song that changed Rock and Roll

  1. Ricky that is amazing. To hear the actual recording where it got started is phenomenal. He should have gotten at least co-inventor credit on it, don’t you think? I can see where it does give a saxophone-like effect.

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    1. I guess he thought it would never be a big thing and it was not until Keith Richards used it on Satisfaction. He actually played on Johnny Burnette’s first recordings and caused a distorted guitar effect on a couple of them by altering the pickup closer to one of the strings. You can hear Train Kept a Rollin’ on youtube. This would be 5 years before Don’t Worry.

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