Marty Roberts was how many country music fans remembered him. But his parents
gave him the name Martin R. Schopp. Early western movie fans knew him as Tex Martin.
Marty Roberts got an early start to his radio career when he was appearing
on WDZ in Illinois when he was only in his second year of high school.
In the 1930's, he was a part of the Tennessee Ramblers group and did some of the vocals
for their Bluebird recordsings. He also
appeared in several movies.
Around late summer of 1943, Marty was appearing regularly on
The Breakfast Frolic show over radio station WJJD in Chicago when he got
drafted by Uncle Sam to serve his country during World War II.
when in Cincinnati, he was on the Coral label.
In the mid-1950s, he was a disc jockey with Nelson King on WCKY in
His career included over 40 years as a disc jockey.
Marty passed away in November 2009 in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is survived
by his two sons, Allen and Martin.
Credits & Sources
- Billboard; August 7, 1943; Billboard Magazine;
- Obituary; November 22, 2009; St. Petersburg Times;
St. Petersburg, FL
- Obituary; November 24, 2009; The Pantagraph;