Lee Hazlewood, singer, songwriter
Singer ~ Songwriter
birth name: Barton Lee Hazlewood

Lee Hazlewood

July 9, 1929, Mannford, OK ~ August 4, 2007, Henderson, NV

One of post-war America’s coolest, most prolific, and secretly important pop artists, composers, producers. […] Lee Hazlewood is an everything man of pop music – up there with Phil Spector, Brian Wilson, and David Axelrod in terms of visionary production, Lou Reed, Kris Kristofferson, and Leonard Cohen in poignant songwriting, and Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, and Serge Gainsbourg in distinctive delivery. ~ New York Night Train: Lee Hazlewood Obituary ~ August 5, 2007 © New York Night Train

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July 9, 1960 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (6) Brenda Lee, I'm Sorry ~ #2 (3) Hollywood Argyles, Alley-Oop ~ #1 (1) Connie Francis, Everybody's Somebody's Fool


An eccentric visionary who pioneered several genres. As a solo artist, he created a sound often referred to as “cowboy psychedelia” for its fusion of country-western, symphonic pop orchestration and trippy decadence. A hard-living crank with a trademark mustache, he sang his wry tales of losers and jilted lovers in a striking, world-weary baritone. “It has a gravity that allows him to be sincere and tongue-in-cheek at the same time,” the rocker Beck told The New York Times earlier this year. “It’s that immense voice of experience, not expecting any kindness from humanity other than a spare cigarette.” ~ New York Times: Lee Hazlewood Obituary ~ August 7, 2007 © New York Times

Lee Hazlewood ~ Trouble Is A Lonesome Town (1963) ~ Ranked #7 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012.

Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra ~ Some Velvet Morning (Hazlewood) ~ Ranked #46 NME 100 Best Songs Of The 1960s in 2012 ~ Like an American version of Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot, Nancy and Lee were a sultry pairing who radiated with danger and mysterious sexual allure. No less than on the mythology referencing Some Velvet Morning which has gone on to become a much covered alternative duet (perhaps most famously by Primal Scream and Kate Moss). ~ 2012 © NME

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