His name was William, but he was known as, “Lefty” Frizzell. He took the Honky-Tonk sound and smoothed out the edges for a more “main stream” country sound. The formula worked, and he became a prime influence for a generation of country performers that followed. A stint in jail had Frizzell writing poems to his wife including one which became a hit, “I Love You a Thousand Ways”. “If You’ve Got the Money (I’ve Got the Time)”, “Mom and Dad’s Waltz” and “I Want to be With You Always” each topped the charts for Frizzell. Exhausted and drinking heavily, he died at the age of 47.
Join me next Saturday August 15 at 9:20, for more with Lefty Frizzell.
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