Monday, August 6, 2007
I just heard the sad news that one of the great songwriters, producers and all around great musical figures in popular music, Lee Hazelwood, passed away over the weekend. I am frankly overwhelmed by how many greats we are losing this year and Hazelwood's passing is a particularly sad one as even well into his seventies he remained such a vital force.
Hazelwood is probably best known for writing and producing Nancy Sinatra's biggest hits in the Sixties, a body of work that would have an overwhelming effect on everyone from Deborah Harry to Lydia Lunch. In a life with an astonishing number of twists and turns Lee was admired by Elvis and Sinatra, had songs recorded by everyone from Dean Martin to Rowland S. Howard, and made a movie with Christina Lindberg.
His own solo work is often overlooked, which is a shame as his catalogue consists of some true off the wall gems, such as the great COWBOY IN SWEDEN recording among many others.
I will be posting a bit more about Lee later and will choose an album he was involved with for my newest Dust Off Those Grooves installment.
He was a true renaissance man, a poet and an all around Rock and Roll pioneer.