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|"A White Sport Coat"|
|Single by Marty Robbins|
|from the album Marty's Greatest Hits|
|Released||April 20, 1957|
|Marty Robbins singles chronology|
"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.  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.  It reached no. 2 on the Billboard pop chart,  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.  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.