Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Lefty Frizzell

Lefty Frizzell was a country/honky-tonk singer/songwriter who was a popular artist in the Fifties. Frizzell was born in Corsicana, Texas, in 1928. Frizzell acquired the nickname “Lefty” as a child following a schoolyard fight. Frizzell’s music would prove to be a major influence on future country stars such as Merle Haggard.

In 1950, Frizzell scored a major hit single with the song, “If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time.” Frizzell was a prolific writer and he scored numerous hits during the Fifties with “Always Late (With Your Kisses),” and the original version of the classic, “Long Black Veil.” Frizzell continued recording hits during the Sixties, and scored his biggest ever hit with “Saginaw, Michigan” in 1964.

Frizzell had always been a big drinker, but his alcoholism was steadily worsening and Frizzell died in 1975 from a stroke at the age of 47.

Frizzell recorded his debut album, “Songs of Jimmie Rodgers” in 1951. The album was ostensibly a tribute to Rodgers, but it also heralded the arrival of a major artist in Frizzell. Other fine albums recorded by Frizzell during his career are “Saginaw, Michigan” (1964), “The Sad Side of Love” (1964), and “The Legendary Lefty Frizzell” (1973).

Among the compilations available for this artist are the following: “Remembering: The Greatest Hits of Lefty Frizzell” (1975), “The Best of Lefty Frizzell” (1991).

Left Frizzel Promo shot

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