An American country music and honky-tonk singer-songwriter, William Orville Frizzell, more popularly known as Lefty Frizzell was born on March 31, 1928, in the city of Corsicana in Texas. However, his family moved to El Dorado City in Arkansas when he was young. During his childhood, he was often called “Sonny,” but later acquired the name “Lefty,” which he used throughout his career.
Famous for his distinct style of a honky tonk sound, Frizzell set the bar of singing “the country way.” Later, he became one of the most successful and influential artists who paved the way for authentic and real country music sound. In fact, Frizell influenced other artists alike such as George Jones, Willie Nelson, The Everly Brothers, Keith Whitley, and Merle Haggard to name a few.
In addition, he earned prominence in the 1950’s with his songs that hit the charts.
He engineered and smoothed out the rough edges of a honky tonk song by sounding out syllables longer and singing longer. Because of this, his music became much more mainstream without losing its honky-tonk attitude and persona.
Furthermore, Frizzell continued to release chart-topping hits in the 50’s through the 60’s. Unfortunately, his career did not last as he became alcoholic which later led to his unprecedented death on July 19, 1975. Lefty Frizzell passed away at the age of 47. With the unfortunate and saddening incident, the Country Music hall of Fame inducted him in October 1982, posthumously.
5 Best Hits of Lefty Frizzell
Despite his early passing, Lefty Frizzell left the country music industry with some memories of him — his songs! He released a number of hits, but we have just chosen 5 of his best. Here are some of his songs that defined him as a true country music artist.
1. “If You’ve Got the Money I’ve Got the Time” (1950)
This was Frizzell’s debut single and a chart-topper. This great honky tonk classic presents him as an unrepentant gold digger, but an undeniably friendly and charming one.
2. “She’s Gone Gone Gone” (1965)
This is a mid-60’s chart-topper that was given to Frizzell by the legend songwriter Harlan Howard. This country music tune hides a pure sorrowful lyrics. It was actually one of Frizzell’s hardest-rocking songs in his career.
3. “Mom and Dad’s Waltz” (1951)
A classic fan favorite, this song was co-penned by Frizzell as a tribute and honor to his parents. It is notably one of the most covered songs performed by other artists.
4. “Always Late (With Your Kisses)” (1951)
This is a lamentation that stayed at no. 1 for 12 weeks on the charts. Also, it was his biggest hit. When Lefty and fellow Curly Chalker recorded this song in the studio, they left a great product which would later be a masterpiece of the former.
5. “Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses)” (1952)
Co-written with Ray price, this song was just as exuberant as Lefty’s final recording.
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