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"A White Sport Coat"
Single by Marty Robbins
from the album Marty's Greatest Hits
B-side"Grown-Up Tears"
ReleasedApril 20, 1957
Genre Country
Label Columbia 40864
Songwriter(s)Marty Robbins
Producer(s) Mitch Miller
Marty Robbins singles chronology
" Knee Deep in the Blues"
"A White Sport Coat"
"Please Don't Blame Me"

"A White Sport Coat" is a 1957 country and western song with words and music both written by Marty Robbins. It was recorded on January 25, 1957, and released on the Columbia Records label, over a month later, on March 4. [1] The arranger and recording session conductor was Ray Conniff, an in-house conductor/arranger at Columbia. Robbins had demanded to have Conniff oversee the recording after his earlier hit, " Singing the Blues", had been quickly eclipsed on the charts by Guy Mitchell's cover version, which was scored and conducted by Conniff in October 1956.

The song reached no. 1 on the US country chart, becoming Marty Robbins' third No. 1 record. [2] It reached no. 2 on the Billboard pop chart, [3] and no. 1 in the Australian music charts.


Robbins recalled writing "A White Sport Coat" in approximately twenty minutes, while being transported in a standard automobile. [4] He is said to have had the inspiration for the song while driving from a motel to a venue in Ohio, where he was due to perform that evening. During the course of the journey, he passed a local high school, where its students were dressed ready for their prom.[ citation needed]

In the song, the narrator was hoping to go to prom with a certain girl to dance, wearing a white sport coat and a pink carnation. However, the girl decided to go to the prom with another guy, resulting in the narrator being in a blue mood.

Cover versions

  • A version by Johnny Desmond received some play also, peaking at No. 62 on the U.S. pop charts.
  • In UK the song was a notable hit for the English rock and roll singer Terry Dene, which reached #18 in the UK Charts. A recording by The King Brothers peaked at #6. Both of these versions hit in early summer 1957.

In popular culture


  1. ^ Thoenicke, Manfred. The Ray Conniff Recordings: The Columbia Years, Part 1: The Backings and New York* Recordings. p. 18.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 293.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 532.
  4. ^ Marty Robbins interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)

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