Saturday, March 29, 2008

Cigarettes and Coffee - Lefty Frizzell

Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard remembers Frizzell from the "Town Hall Party" days. "He was a wonderful guy, someone who was just about as loose and free as any rock star you ever saw - on and off stage. He was really flamboyant, a good looking guy with curly hair." In listening to Lefty, you feel the conflict between the lure of good times and the melancholy ones. Frizzell was not only original in his vocal sound - he was the first country singer to wear rhinestones on stage. Although Frizzell liked sharp clothes, it took some convincing by a Los Angeles tailor, Nudie Cohen that women loved men that looked "flashy", and that rhinestones would work.

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