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LEE HAZLEWOOD

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Full Name: Barton Lee Hazlewood

Description: Vocalist,Composer, Record Producer, USA

Known For: Hazlewood is perhaps best known for having written and produced the 1966 Nancy Sinatra hit, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin

Instruments: Voice

Music Styles: Country

Location: United States of America

Date Born: 9th July 1929
Location Born: Mannford, Oklahoma, United States of America

Date Died: 4th August 2007
Location Died: Henderson, Nevada, United States of America
Cause Of Death: Renal cancer

Memorial: Hazlewood died of renal cancer.Survived by his wife Jeane, son Mark and daughters Debbie and Samantha.

CONTACT DETAILS
Web Site:   Official website

Lee Hazlewood – Wikipedia

Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazlewood Experience – Home | Facebook

Other Links: See below:

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Lee Hazlewood

Barton Lee Hazlewood (July 9, 1929 – August 4, 2007) was an American country and pop singer, songwriter, and record producer, most widely known for his work with guitarist Duane Eddy during the late 1950s and singer Nancy Sinatra in the 1960s.

Hazlewood had a distinctive baritone voice that added a resonance to his music. His collaborations with Nancy Sinatra as well as his solo output in the late 1960s and early 1970s have been praised as an essential contribution to a sound often described as “cowboy psychedelia” or “saccharine underground.

The son of an oil man, Hazlewood was born in Mannford, Oklahoma, and spent most of his youth living between Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, and Louisiana. He grew up listening to pop and bluegrass music. Hazlewood spent his teenage years in Port Neches, Texas, where he was exposed to a rich Gulf Coast music tradition. Hazlewood studied for a medical degree at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He served with the United States Army during the Korean War.

Following discharge from the military, Hazlewood worked as a disc jockey in Arizona while honing his song writing skills. His first hit single as a producer and songwriter was “The Fool”, recorded by rockabilly artist Sanford Clark in 1956. Hazlewood partnered with pioneering rock guitarist Duane Eddy,[1] producing and co-writing a string of hit instrumental records, including “Peter Gunn”, “Boss Guitar”, “Forty Miles of Bad Road”, “Shazam!”, “Rebel-‘Rouser” and “(Dance With The) Guitar Man”.

Hazlewood is perhaps best known for having written and produced the 1966 Nancy Sinatra U.S./UK No. 1 hit, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” and “Summer Wine”. He also wrote “How Does That Grab Ya, Darlin'”, “Friday’s Child”, “So Long, Babe, “Sugar Town” and many others for Sinatra.[2] Among his most well-known vocal performances is “Some Velvet Morning”, a 1967 duet with Nancy Sinatra. Hazlewood performed that song along with “Jackson” on her 1967 television special Movin’ With Nancy. Early in 1967 Lee also produced the number 1 hit song for Frank & Nancy Sinatra “Somethin’ Stupid”. Jimmy Bowen was listed as co-producer but wasn’t there at the time. Lee just gave him credit as per a previous agreement with Jimmy. Lee also wrote the theme song “The Last of the Secret Agents”, the theme song of the 1966 spy-spoof film of the same title. Nancy Sinatra, who had a role in the film, recorded the song for the soundtrack. For Frank Sinatra’s 1967 detective movie, Tony Rome, Hazlewood also wrote the theme song which was performed by Nancy.

He wrote “Houston”, a 1965 US hit recorded by Dean Martin. He also produced several singles on Martin’s daughter, Deana Martin, including her country hit, “Girl of the Month Club,” while Deana was still a teenager. Other tunes on that project were “When He Remembers Me,” “Baby I See You” and “The Bottom of My Mind,” all recorded during the 1960s.

Hazlewood also wrote “This Town”, a song that was recorded by Frank Sinatra that appeared on his 1968 album Greatest Hits and is the basis for Paul Shaffer’s “Small Town News” segment theme on the Late Show with David Letterman.

In 1967, Hazlewood formed LHI Records standing for Lee Hazlewood Industries.

Though it did not receive much attention at the time, Hazlewood also worked with Gram Parsons and the International Submarine Band in the mid-1960s. Parsons’ departure from the band and decision to become part of The Byrds created legal problems with Hazlewood.

In the 1970s Hazlewood moved to Stockholm, Sweden, where he wrote and produced the one-hour television show Cowboy in Sweden together with friend and Director Torbjörn Axelman, which also later emerged as an album.

Above: Lee Hazelwood seen with Nancy Sinatra.

Hazlewood was semi-retired from the music business during the 1970s and 1980s. However, his own output also achieved a cult status in the underground rock scene, with songs covered by artists such as Rowland S. Howard, Miles Kane, Vanilla Fudge, Spell, Lydia Lunch, Primal Scream, Entombed, Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Hooverphonic, Anita Lane, Megadeth, The Ukiah Drag, Beck, Baustelle, the Tubes, Thin White Rope, Zeena Schreck/Radio Werewolf and Slowdive.

In 2006, Hazlewood sang on Bela B.’s first solo album, Bingo, on the song “Lee Hazlewood und das erste Lied des Tages” (“Lee Hazlewood and the first song of the day”). He said that he loved producing and writing albums.

Last recordings and death

In 2005, Hazlewood was diagnosed with terminal renal cancer, and he undertook an extensive round of interviews and promotional activities in support of his last album, Cake or Death.

His last recording was for the vocals of Icelandic quartet Amiina’s single “Hilli (At The Top of the World)”.

Hazlewood died of renal cancer in Henderson, Nevada, on August 4, 2007, survived by his wife Jeane, son Mark and daughters Debbie and Samantha.

Trouble Is a Lonesome Town cover album 2013

Musician and producer Charles Normal and a group of musician friends, including Black Francis of the Pixies, Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse, Larry Norman, Pete Yorn and members of Art Brut and the Dandy Warhols, released their own version of Trouble Is a Lonesome Town in July 2013.

Discography

1963 – Trouble Is a Lonesome Town
1964 – The N.S.V.I.P.’s
1965 – Friday’s Child (refashioned as ‘Houston’ in 1968)
1966 – The Very Special World of Lee Hazlewood
1966 – Summer Wine
1966 – These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ (LP: MGM 2354 036)
1967 – Lee Hazlewoodism Its Cause and Cure
1968 – Nancy & Lee – a collaboration with Nancy Sinatra
1968 – Something Special
1968 – Love and Other Crimes
1969 – The Cowboy and the Lady – a collaboration with Ann-Margret.
1969 – Forty (different songs than Friday’s child)
1970 – Cowboy in Sweden – recorded in Sweden
1971 – Requiem for an Almost Lady
1972 – Nancy & Lee Again – a collaboration with Nancy Sinatra
1972 – 13
1973 – I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
1973 – Poet, Fool or Bum
1974 – The Stockholm Kid Live at Berns
1975 – A House Safe for Tigers
1976 – 20th Century Lee
1977 – Movin’ On
1977 – Back on the Street Again
1993 – Gypsies & Indians – a collaboration with Anna Hanski
1999 – Farmisht, Flatulence, Origami, ARF!!! & Me…
2002 – For Every Solution There’s a Problem
2002 – For Every Question There’s an Answer – interview CD
2002 – Total Lee! The Songs of Lee Hazlewood (Various Artists) – Tribute

Albums include.

1963 — Trouble Is a Lonesome Town
1964 — N.S.V.I.P.
1965 — Friday’s Child
1966 — The Very Special World of Lee Hazlewood
1967 — Lee Hazlewoodism Its Cause and Cure
1968 — Nancy and Lee — with Nancy Sinatra
1968 — Something Special
1968 — Love and Other Crimes
1969 — The Cowboy and the Lady – with Ann Margret.
1969 — Forty
1970 — Cowboy in Sweden
1971 — Requiem for an Almost Lady
1972 — Nancy and Lee Again
1972 — 13
1973 — I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
1973 — Poet, Fool or Bum
1974 — The Stockholm Kid Live at Berns
1975 — A House Safe for Tigers
1976 — 20th Century Lee
1977 — Movin’ On
1977 — Back on

Lee Hazlewood died in Hederson, Nevada in 2007.Aged 78 years.

LINKS:

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    . BBC. August 6, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-11.

  2. ^ Jump up to: a b “Singer songwriter Hazlewood dies”

    . BBC. August 6, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-11.

  3. Jump up ^ Michel, Sia (February 1, 2007). “Pop svengali hangs up his boots”

    . The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2007-08-11.

  4. Jump up ^ “LEE Hazlewood interview”

    . Loserslounge.com. Retrieved 2012-03-26.

  5. Jump up ^ Leigh, Spencer (August 6, 2007). “Lee Hazlewood Obituary”

    . The Independent. Retrieved 2007-08-11.

  6. Jump up ^ “The Ukiah Drag – In The Reaper’s Quarters – Wharf Cat Records”

    . Wharfcatrecords.com. September 9, 2014. Retrieved 2015-05-07.

  7. Jump up ^ “Discogs for Zeena/Radio Werewolf-Boots/Witchcraft”

    . Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-04-11.

  8. Jump up ^ “Zeena/Radio Werewolf Boots Single: Cover by fetish photographer Helmut Wolech”

    . Zeena.eu. Retrieved 2014-04-11.

  9. Jump up ^ “YouTube of the Zeena/Radio Werewolf version”

    . Youtube.com. Retrieved 2014-04-11.

  10. Jump up ^ “Discogs for Radio Werewolf/The Vinyl Solution”

    . Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-04-11.

  11. Jump up ^ “Discogs for Slowdive/Souvlaki”

    . Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-08-15.

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  13. Jump up ^ “Lee Hazlewood With Amiina: “Hilli (At The Top Of The World)””

    . Pitchfork Media. October 18, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-16.

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  15. Jump up ^ Total Lee – The Songs Of Lee Hazlewood | Small Town Romance

    . En.smalltownromanceblog.com (January 14, 2010). Retrieved on 2014-04-11.