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William Orville 'Lefty' Frizzell (March 31, 1928July 19, 1975) was an American country music singer and songwriter of the 1950s; a leading exponent of the Honky Tonk style of country music. His relaxed style of singing was a major influence on later stars Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. March 31 is the 90th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (91st in Leap years), with 275 days remaining. ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... July 19 is the 200th day (201st in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 165 days remaining. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Honky tonk was originally the name of a type of bar common throughout the southern United States, also Honkatonk or Honkey-tonk. ... Merle Ronald Haggard (nicknamed The Hag; born April 6, 1937 in Bakersfield, CA) is an American country music singer, guitarist and songwriter. ... Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American entertainer and songwriter, born and raised in Abbott, Texas. ...

Lefty Frizzell
Lefty Frizzell

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Life

Frizzell was born in Corsicana, Texas but moved with his family shortly after his birth to El Dorado, Arkansas, where they remained until the early 1940s. Frizzell began playing the guitar as a very young boy and by age 12 he was appearing regularly on a children's show at a local radio station. Corsicana is a city located in Navarro County, Texas. ... El Dorado (pronounced to rhyme with tornado (IPA: [εl doˈreɪdoʊ] or [εl dəˈreɪdə])) is a city in Union County, Arkansas, USA. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 20,467. ... The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The family moved back to Texas when Frizzell was still a teenager, and his music career got a boost when he won a Dallas talent contest. He acquired the nickname "Lefty" after a schoolyard scrap with another student. In his late teens, he was performing at fairgrounds and other venues, developing a unique, soulful voice. Like his father, he got work in the oilfields, but his growing popularity as a singer soon gave him regular work on the Honky Tonk nightclub circuit. At age 19 he had a half-hour show on a small Texas radio station, getting a big break when a record producer heard him sing. Signed to Columbia Records, he immediately had a string of hits that broke into country music's top ten; several of them reached # 1. In 1950 he was invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry; the following year he appeared on the Louisiana Hayride and then began touring with country music's biggest star of the era, Hank Williams. A prolific songwriter, Frizzell had four songs in the country top ten at the same time in 1951 — a feat that would not be repeated on any chart until The Beatles accomplished it on the popular chart with five songs in 1964.      Nickname: Big D Location in the state of Texas Country United States State Texas Counties Dallas, Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall Mayor Laura Miller Area    - City 997. ... // A nickname is a short, clever, cute, derogatory, or otherwise substitute name for a person or things real name (for example, Bob, Rob, Robby, Robbie, Robi, Robin, Bobby, Rab, Rabbie, Bert, Bertie, Butch, Bobbers, Bobert, Beto, Bobadito, and Robban (in Sweden), are all nicknames for Robert). ... Honky tonk was originally the name of a type of bar common throughout the southern United States, also Honkatonk or Honkey-tonk. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee, and televised on Great American Country network. ... The Louisiana Hayride was a radio broadcast from the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana, United States that during its heyday from 1948 to 1960 helped launch the careers of the some of the greatest names in American music. ... Hiram Hank King Williams (September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953) was an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter who has also become an icon of country music and Rock n Roll, and one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ...


By the end of the 1950s, rock and roll was dominating the North American music scene, but although no one would ever mistake Frizzell's music for anything but country, his 1959 hit titled Long Black Veil gained wide acceptance with a variety of music fans, and was the first recording of this 'standard'. A few years later, Frizzell recorded "Saginaw, Michigan," which took the #1 spot on the country music charts and broke into the pop charts as well. The song earned him a Grammy Award nomination. Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Long Black Veil, a song by Johnny Cash. ... Grammy Award The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards, commonly abbreviated as the Grammys or GRAMMYs), presented by the Recording Academy known as NARAS, (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry)for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards...


In the early-1970's, Frizzell changed record labels and moved to Bakersfield, California, where he recorded several more country music hits and became the first country singer to perform at the Hollywood Bowl. By then, however, his problems with alcohol were already taking their toll. Mood shifts and outbreaks of irrational anger became a trademark, and his constant failure to meet recording commitments strained his relationship with his recording company. Events and trends Although in the United States and in many other Western societies the 1970s are often seen as a period of transition between the turbulent 1960s and the more conservative 1980s and 1990s, many of the trends that are associated widely with the Sixties, from the Sexual Revolution... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Hollywood Bowl opening night 2005. ... Functional group of an alcohol molecule. ...


In 1972 Lefty Frizzell was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and his song "If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time" earned him a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. Unfortunately, success and money only added to Frizzell's alcohol addiction, and on July 19, 1975, he suffered a massive stroke and died at age 47. He was buried on "Music Row" at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame was established by the Nashville Songwriters Foundation, Inc. ... The Grammy Hall of Fame Award is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old and that have qualitative or historical significance. Alphabetical listing by title: List of Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipients A-D List of Grammy Hall... A stroke, also known as cerebrovascular accident (CVA),[1] is an acute neurological injury in which the blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted. ... Established in 1960, Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens located at 1150 Dickerson Pike in Goodlettsville, Tennessee is only a few miles north of Nashville, the Country Music capital of the world. ... Goodlettsville is a city located in Tennessee. ...


Legacy and influence

Frizzell's style of singing influenced a great many singers, particularly Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Dwight Yoakam. In addition, he was widely recognized for his songwriting talents. George Strait's 1982 song "Lefty's Gone", Willie Nelson's 1977 album To Lefty From Willie was a tribute to Frizzell and consisted entirely of cover versions of Frizzell songs. Frizzell was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1982 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His pioneering contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Merle Ronald Haggard (nicknamed The Hag; born April 6, 1937 in Bakersfield, CA) is an American country music singer, guitarist and songwriter. ... Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American entertainer and songwriter, born and raised in Abbott, Texas. ... Dwight David Yoakam (born October 23, 1956) is an American musician, songwriter, and actor. ... Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American entertainer and songwriter, born and raised in Abbott, Texas. ... This official history of the Country Music Hall of Fame skirts the scandals well-documented by veteran Music Row historian Stacy Harris. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A band plays on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ... The Rockabilly Hall of Fame was established on March 21, 1997 to present early rock and roll history and information relative to the artists and personalities involved in this pioneering American music genre. ...


Fellow Texan and son of an oilfield worker Roy Orbison (1936-1988) was a devout fan of Frizzell's sound, and in 1988, when Orbison briefly became a part of the supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, he chose the name "Lefty Wilbury" to honor his musical hero. Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), nicknamed The Big O, was an influential American singer-songwriter and a pioneer of rock and roll whose recording career spanned more than four decades. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the late 1960s, the term supergroup was coined to describe music groups comprising members who had already achieved fame or respect in other groups or as individual artists. ... The Traveling Wilburys were a supergroup created by George Harrison and Jeff Lynne. ... Sir Galahad, a hero of Arthurian legend, detail of a painting by George Frederic Watts From the Greek , in mythology and folklore, a hero (male) or heroine (female) usually fulfills the definitions of what is considered good and noble in the originating culture. ...


Frizzell's younger brother, David Frizzell was also a country singer; his biggest hits were 1982's "I'm Gonna Hire a Wino (To Decorate Our Home)" and "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma", a 1981 duet with Shelly West. However, Lefty's younger brother Allen was married to West and divorced in 1983. David Frizzell promotional poster. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... David Frizzell promotional poster. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Shelly West (born May 23, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American country singer and the daughter of country performer Dottie West. ...


External links

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYUr4wNdDZc - (If You've Got The Money, I've Got The Time)

 
 

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