1925 – He was born on the 26th day of September this year in Glendale, a suburb of Phoenix, in Maricopa County, Arizona.
1937 – His parents got divorced this year because his father became alcoholic.
1942 – He left the troubled home to serve in the United States Navy as an LCT coxswain during World War II. He was stationed in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific.
1945 – After his discharge from the military, he began to play at local venues in Phoenix, and then moved on to host his own radio station show on KTYL. He thereafter had his own television (TV) show on KPHO in Phoenix.
1948 – He married the former Marizona Baldwin to whom he dedicated his song “My Woman, My Woman, My Wife.”
1961- He won the Grammy Award for the Best Country & Western Recording.
1967 – He played himself in the car racing film “Hell on Wheels.”
1969 – He was named "Artist of the Decade" by the Academy of Country Music.
1970 – He was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Country Song, for "My Woman, My Woman, My Wife."
1982 – He died on December 8 of this year of complications following cardiac surgery. At the times of their deaths, Marty and Marizona lived in Brentwood in Williamson County, outside Nashville. They were interred in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Nashville. He was also elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame this year.
1998 – He was included in the Grammy Hall of Fame Award for his song "El Paso".