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Buck 65 makes you a fan of Lee Hazlewood

posted July 9, 2014 9:04 am

If you’re not already a Lee Hazlewood fan, I’m going to make you one right now.

The basics:

– He wrote “These Boots Are Made For Walking”, which was a #1 hit for Nancy Sinatra in 1966.

– He’s known for his beautiful baritone voice. Before he started writing songs, he worked as a radio DJ. Before that he was in the army and before that he was in medical school.

Okay… One of the first things Lee Hazlewood did in his music career was produce this:

So tough!

This song comes from his first album and is a nice showcase for his deep voice:

This song was recorded around the same time. It’s a bit mean-spirited, but listen to him sing the word “dime” at 0:53:

So satisfying!

This one comes from his second album, which is one of my top five favorite albums of all time. I spent more money on my copy of this record than any other in my collection. The songs are amazing, but even better are the stories he tells before each one. Listen:

This is the title track from his third album. This song kicks an incredible amount of ass:

This song also comes from the third album. He originally wrote it for Dean Martin:

This one comes from the same album. God, it’s so cool. The beat is amazing. This song gets stuck in my head a lot:

Okay. A few more. Check out “Dark In My Heart”:

“Rainbow Woman”:

Here’s Lee in his post-mustache days – it’s almost as great to hear him talk as it is to hear him sing:

Lee passed away in 2007, but he was writing great songs right up to the end. Here’s one of the last things he ever recorded:

It’s Lee Hazlewood’s birthday today. If I had the power to declare this Lee Hazlewood Day, I would. For me, it is.

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