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Lefty Frizzell

Lefty Frizzell was the definitive honky tonk singer, the vocalist that set the style for generations of vocalists that followed him. Frizzell smoothed out the rough edges of honky tonk by singing longer, flowing phrases -- essentially, he made honky tonk more acceptable for the mainstream without losing its gritty, bar-room roots. In the process, he changed the way country vocalists sang forever. From George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson to George Strait, John Anderson, Randy Travis, and Keith Whitley, hundreds of artists have emulated and expanded Lefty's innovations. Frizzell's singing became the foundation of how hard country should be sung.

Despite his influence, there was a time when Lefty wasn't regarded as one of country's definitive artists. Unlike Hank Williams -- the only contemporary of Lefty that had greater influence -- he didn't die young, leaving behind a romantic legend. After his popularity peaked in the early and mid-'50s, Frizzell continued to record, without having much success. However, his recordings continued to reach new listeners and his reputation was restored by the new traditionalists of the '80s, nearly ten years after Lefty's death.

Lefty (born William Orville Frizzell) was born in Corisicana, TX, in 1928, a son of an oiler; he was the first of eight children. During his childhood, his family moved to El Dorado, AR. As a child he was called Sonny, but his nickname changed to Lefty when he was 14, because he won a schoolyard fight; it was later suggested that he earned his nickname after winning a Golden Gloves boxing match, but that was eventually proven to be a hatched publicity stunt by his record company. Initially, Lefty was attracted to music through his parents' Jimmie Rodgers records. He began singing professionally before he was a teenager, landing a regular spot on KELD El Dorado.

Frizzell spent his teenage years playing throughout the region, singing on radio shows, in nightclubs, for dances, and in talent contests. He traveled throughout the South, playing in Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, and even Las Vegas. During this time, he was refining his style, drawing from influences like Rodgers, Ernest Tubb, and Ted Daffan. Lefty's career was going fine until he was arrested in the mid-'40s, serving a jail sentence for statutory rape.

Frizzell's run-in with the law led him away from music, as he temporarily worked in the oil fields with his father. However, his time as an oiler was brief and he was soon performing in clubs again. By 1950, he had landed a regular job at the Texas club Ace of Clubs, where he developed a dedicated following of fans. At one of his concerts at the Ace of Clubs he caught the attention of Jim Beck, the owner of a local recording studio. Beck recorded music for several major record labels, and he also had connections within the publishing industry. Impressed with Lefty's performance, he invited the singer to make some demos at the studio. In April of 1950, Frizzell cut several demos of his original songs, including a new song called "If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time," which Beck took to Nashville. Beck intended to pitch the song to Little Jimmy Dickens, but Dickens disliked the song. However, Columbia record producer Don Law heard the tape and liked Frizzell's voice. After hearing Lefty live in concert, Law signed the singer to Columbia; within a few months, he had his first recording session.

"If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time," Lefty's first single, climbed to number one upon its release. It was a huge hit -- its B-side, "I Love You a Thousand Ways," even hit number one -- with other artists hurrying into the studio to cut their own versions; over 40 performers wound up recording the song. Within 17 days of the single's release, Columbia had Frizzell record another single. The result, "Look What Thoughts Will Do"/"Shine, Shave, Shower (It's Saturday)," wasn't as big a hit, but it did reach the Top Ten.

By now, the Lefty Frizzell sound was being perfected by the vocalist and Law. Frizzell was working with a core group of Dallas-based studio musicians, highlighted by pianist Madge Sutee. In the beginning of 1951, he formed the Western Cherokees, which was led by Blackie Crawford. Soon, the Western Cherokees became his primary band for both live and recording situations. Lefty was in the studio frequently, recording singles. His third single, "I Want to Be With You Always," was number one for 11 weeks, and its follow-up, "Always Late (With Your Kisses)," spent 12 weeks at number one. At one point in early 1951, he had a total of four songs in the country Top Ten, setting a record that was never broken. Frizzell was a popular concert attraction, playing shows with the Louisiana Hayride and the Grand Ole Opry. He had three more Top Ten hits in 1951 -- "Mom and Dad's Waltz," "Travelin' Blues," and the number one "Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses)."

The hits continued throughout 1952, as "How Long Will It Take (To Stop Loving You)," "Don't Stay Away (Till Love Grows Cold)," "Forever (And Always)," and "I'm an Old, Old Man (Tryin' to Live While I Can)" all went to the Top Ten. Even though he was at the peak of his popularity, things began to unravel for Lefty behind the scenes. Frizzell fired both his manager and his band. He joined the Grand Ole Opry, but he decided he didn't like it and left almost immediately. Lefty was earning a lot of money but was spending nearly all of it. He worked with Wayne Raney, but the sessions were a failure. In early 1953, he moved from Texas to Los Angeles, where he got a regular job on Town Hall Party. That year, he had only one hit, the Top Ten "(Honey, Baby, Hurry!) Bring Your Sweet Self Back to Me."

Early in 1954, he reached the Top Ten with "Run 'Em Off," but it would be his last Top Ten record for five years. During the mid-'50s, Frizzell felt burned out and didn't have the energy to invest in his career. He had a total of two hits between 1954 and 1959 -- "I Love You Mostly" in 1955, "Cigarettes and Coffee Blues" -- because he decided to stop recording. Lefty was frustrated that Columbia wasn't releasing what he believed to be his best material, so he simply stopped writing and recording songs. However, he did tour sporadically, occasionally with his brother, David Frizzell.

Deciding it was time for a change, he began working with Jim Denny's Nashville-based Cedarwood publishing company in 1959. Cedarwood gave him "The Long Black Veil," a song written by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin that had overt folk music influences. Lefty recorded the song, and it became a surprise Top Ten hit in the summer of 1959. Encouraged by its success, Frizzell moved to Nashville in 1961, after Town Hall Party closed in 1960. He began touring and recording at a more rapid rate, although it only resulted in a couple of minor hits. Lefty's last big hit arrived early in 1964, when "Saginaw, Michigan" climbed to number one and spent four weeks on the top of the charts. After that, he came close to the Top Ten with 1965's "She's Gone Gone Gone," but he usually struggled to have any of his songs break the Top 20 for the next decade.

Frizzell didn't stop recording, but he did develop a debilitating alcohol problem that came to plague him throughout the late '60s and '70s. However, alcohol wasn't the only thing holding his career back -- Columbia was only releasing handfuls of albums and singles, though Lefty was recording an abundance of material. Since his records weren't as successful, he drastically cut back the number of concerts he performed. In 1968, he cut some songs with June Stearns under the name Agnes and Orville, but none of the tracks became hits. The lack of success helped him sink deeper into alcoholism.

In 1972, Lefty left Columbia, signing with ABC Records. Though the change in labels helped revitalize him artistically, he didn't sell that many more records. However, he did have the enthusiasm to record albums, as well as play concerts and television shows. Frizzell's alcohol addiction worsened and he developed high blood pressure, but he wouldn't take the medication because he thought it would interfere with his drinking. As a result, he looked older than his 47 years when he died of a stroke in 1975.

Years of mediocre and mis-marketed records had diminished Lefty's reputation, but after his death, a new generation of artists hailed him as an influence and an idol. Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and George Jones had all sung his praises before, but in the mid-'80s, the kind words of George Strait and Randy Travis were supported by a series of reissues, beginning with Bear Family's 14-LP set, His Life His Music (later replaced by the 12-CD Life's Like Poetry). In 1982, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, but the greatest testament to his music remains the fact that his voice can be heard in every hard country singer that followed. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Complete Columbia Recording Sessions, Vol. 8 - 1966-1968

1. Heart (Don't Love Her Anymore)

2. You Don't Have to Be Present to Win

3. My Feet Are Getting Cold

4. Is There Anything I Can Do

5. The Old Gang's Gone

6. A Song from a Lonely Heart

7. You Gotta Be Puttin' Me On

8. There in the Mirror

9. Get This Stranger Out of Me

10. Money Tree

11. Hobo's Pride

12. When the Rooster Leaves the Yard

13. Anything You Can Spare

14. Only Way to Fly

15. Only Way to Fly (Laughing Version)

16. A Prayer On Your Lips Is Like Freedom In Your Hands

17. Little Old Wine Drinker Me

18. A Word or Two to Mary

19. Almost Persuaded

20. Have I Ever Been Untrue?

21. If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time

22. When the Grass Grows Green Again

23. The Marriage Bit

24. I'll Remember You

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Track List: The Complete Columbia Recording Sessions, Vol. 7 - 1964-1966

1. There's No Food In This House

2. The Rider

3. The Nester

4. I Was Coming Home to You

5. Hello to Him (Goodbye to Me)

6. I Can Tell

7. Make That One for the Road a Cup of Coffee

8. 'Gator Hollow

9. It Costs Too Much to Die

10. She's Gone Gone Gone

11. Running into Memories of You

12. Confused

13. How Far Down Can I Go

14. It's Bad (When It's Thataway)

15. I Don't Trust You Anymore

16. A Little Unfair

17. Woman Let Me Sing You a Song

18. Preparations to Be Blue

19. Stranger

20. Love Looks Good on You

21. Mama!

22. It's Hard to Please You

23. You Don't Want Me to Get Well

24. Writing on the Wall

25. I Just Couldn't See the Forest (For the Trees)

26. I'm Not Guilty

27. It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy

28. Everything Keeps Coming Back (But You)

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Track List: The Complete Columbia Recording Sessions, Vol. 9 - 1968-1972

1. Wasted Way of Life

2. Keep Them Flowers Watered While I'm Gone

3. An Article from Life

4. Blind Street Singer

5. Honky Tonk Hill

6. My Baby Is a Tramp

7. She Brought Love Sweet Love

8. Watermelon Time In Georgia (Single Version)

9. I Must Be Getting over You

10. Out of You

11. It's Raining All over the World

12. There's Something Lonely in This House

13. Three Cheers for the Good Guys

14. An Article from Life (Without Overdub)

15. Honky Tonk Hill (Without Overdub)

16. Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy

17. What Am I Gonna Do

18. Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses)

19. You Babe

20. This Just Ain't No Good Day for Leavin'

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Track List: The Complete Columbia Recording Sessions, Vol. 4 - 1955-1957

1. Sweet Lies

2. Your Tomorrows Will Never Come

3. It Gets Late So Early

4. I'm Lost Between Right and Wrong

5. Promises (Promises Promises)

6. My Love and Baby's Gone

7. Today is That Tomorrow

8. First to Have a Second Chance

9. These Hands

10. You Can't Divorce My Heart

11. Treat Her Right

12. Heart's Highway

13. I'm a Boy Left Alone

14. Just Can't Live That Fast (Any More)

16. Lullabye Waltz

17. Glad I Found You

18. Now That You Are Gone

19. From an Angel to a Devil

20. Lover by Appointment

21. Sick, Sober and Sorry

22. No One to Talk To (But the Blues)

23. Is It Only That You're Lonely

24. Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues

25. You've Still Got It

26. Tell Me Dear

27. To Stop Loving You (Means Cry)

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Track List: The Complete Columbia Recording Sessions, Vol. 5 - 1957-1958

1. The Torch Within My Heart

2. Time out for the Blues

3. I Love You a Thousand Ways (February 1958)

4. If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time (February 1958)

5. I Want to Be with You Always (February 1958)

6. Mom and Dad's Waltz (February 1958)

7. (Darling) Let's Turn Back the Years

8. You Win Again

9. Why Should I Be Lonely

10. Signed, Sealed and Delivered

11. Nobody Knows But Me

12. If You're Ever Lonely Darling (February 1958)

13. Silence

14. Release Me

15. Our Love's No Bluff

16. You're Humbuggin' Me

17. She's Gone Gone Gone

18. Cigarettes and Coffee Blues

19. I Need Your Love

20. My Bucket's Got a Hole in It

21. I Love You a Thousand Ways (December 1958)

22. If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time (December 1958)

23. Mom and Dad's Waltz (December 1958)

24. I Want to Be with You Always (December 1958)

25. Always Late (With Your Kisses)

26. If You're Ever Lonely Darling (December 1958)

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Track List: The Complete Columbia Recording Sessions, Vol. 6 - 1959-1963

1. Sin Will Be the Chaser for the Wine

2. Knock Again, True Love

3. Long Black Veil

4. One Has-Been to Another

5. Farther Than My Eyes Can See

6. My Blues Will Pass

7. Ballad of the Blue and Grey

8. That's All I Can Remember

9. So What! Let it Rain

10. What You Gonna Do, Leroy?

11. I Feel Sorry for Me

12. Heaven's Plan

13. Looking for You

14. Stranger

15. A Few Steps Away

16. Forbidden Lovers

17. Just Passing Through

18. That Reminds Me of Me

19. Don't Let Her See Me Cry

20. Through the Eyes of a Fool

21. James River

22. Preview of Coming Attractions

23. Lonely Heart

24. What Good Did You Get (Out of Breaking My Heart)

25. When It Rains the Blues

26. I'm Not the Man I'm Supposed to Be

27. Saginaw, Michigan

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Track List: The Complete Columbia Recording Sessions, Vol. 2 - 1951-1953

1. I Love You (Though You're No Good) (1951 Version)

2. It's Just You (I Could Love Always) (1951 Version)

3. (Darling Now) You're Here So Everything's Alright (1951 Version)

4. I've Got Reasons to Hate You

5. I Love You (Though You're No Good) (1952 Version)

6. Don't Stay Away (Till Love Grows Cold)

7. It's Just You (I Could Love Always) (1952 Version)

8. (Darling Now) You're Here So Everything's Alright (1952 Version)

9. If You Can Spare the Time (I Won't Miss the Money)

10. A King Without a Queen

11. Forever (And Always)

12. I Know You're Lonesome (While Waiting for Me)

13. Lost Love Blues (Rehearsal Session)

14. That's Me Without You (Rehearsal Session)

15. Send Her Here to Be Mine (Rehearsal Session)

16. Lost Love Blues

17. That's Me Without You

18. I Won't Be Good for Nothin'

19. If I Lose You (I'll Lose My World)

20. I'm an Old, Old Man (Tryin' to Live While I Can)

21. You're Just Mine (Only in My Dreams)

22. I'll Try

23. (Honey, Baby, Hurry!) Bring Your Sweet Self Back to Me

24. Time Changes Things

25. All of Me Loves All of You

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Track List: The Complete Columbia Recording Sessions, Vol. 3 - 1953-1955

1. California Blues (Blue Yodel, No. 4) (Single Version)

2. Never No Mo' Blues

3. We Crucified Our Jesus

4. When It Comes to Measuring Love

5. Sleep, Baby Sleep

6. I'm Lonely and Blue

7. Before You Go Make Sure You Know

8. Two Friends of Mine in Love

9. Hopeless Love

10. Then I'll Come Back to You

11. The Tragic Letter (The Letter That You Left)

12. Two Hearts Broken Now

13. You Can Always Count on Me

14. I've Been Away Too Long

15. Run 'Em Off

16. The Darkest Moment (Is Just Before the Light of Day)

17. You're Too Late

18. My Little Her and Him

19. I Love You Mostly

20. You're There I'm Here

21. Let It Be So

22. Mama!

23. Making Believe

24. Moonlight, Darling and You

25. I'll Sit Alone and Cry

26. A Forest Fire (Is In Your Heart)

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Track List: The Complete Columbia Recording Sessions, Vol. 1 - 1950-1951

1. I Love You A Thousand Ways

2. If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time

3. Shine, Shave, Shower (It's Saturday)

4. Cold Feet

5. Don't Think It Ain't Been Fun, Dear (Cuz It Ain't)

6. When Payday Comes Around

7. My Baby's Just Like Money (1950 Version)

8. Look What Thoughts Will Do

9. My Baby's Just Like Money

10. You Want Everything But Me

11. I Want To Be With You Always

12. Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses)

13. How Long Will It Take (To Stop Loving You)

14. Always Late (With Your Kisses)

15. Mom And Dad's Waltz

16. You Can Go On Your Way Now

17. Treasure Untold

18. Blue Yodel No. 6

19. Travellin' Blues

20. My Old Pal

21. Blue Yodel, No. 2 (My Loving Gal, Lucille)

22. Lullaby Yodel

23. Brakeman's Blues

24. My Rough And Rowdy Ways

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Track List: Country Favorites

1. A King Without a Queen

2. My Baby's Just Like Money

3. (Honey, Baby, Hurry!) Bring Your Sweet Self Back to Me

4. Run 'Em Off

5. I Love You Mostly

6. You're Just Mine (Only in My Dreams)

7. Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses)

8. From an Angel to a Devil

9. Sweet Lies

10. Two Hearts Broken Now

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Track List: Saginaw, Michigan

1. Saginaw, Michigan

2. Stranger

3. What Good Did You Get (Out of Breaking My Heart)

4. There's No Food In This House

5. When It Rains the Blues

6. Hello to Him (Goodbye to Me)

7. James River

8. I'm Not the Man I'm Supposed to Be

9. Through the Eyes of a Fool

10. I Was Coming Home to You

11. Don't Let Her See Me Cry

12. Lonely Heart

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Track List: The Essential Lefty Frizzell

Disc 1

1. If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time (78rpm Version)

2. I Love You a Thousand Ways

3. Shine, Shave, Shower (It's Saturday)

4. Look What Thoughts Will Do

5. I Want to Be with You Always

6. My Baby's Just Like Money (1950 Version)

7. You Want Everything but Me

8. Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses)

9. How Long Will It Take (To Stop Loving You)

10. Always Late (With Your Kisses)

11. Mom and Dad's Waltz

12. Travellin' Blues

13. My Rough and Rowdy Ways

14. Don't Stay Away (Till Love Grows Cold)

15. If You Can Spare the Time (I Won't Miss the Money)

16. Forever (And Always)

17. A King Without a Queen

18. Lost Love Blues

19. I'm an Old, Old Man (Tryin' to Live While I Can)

20. (Honey, Baby, Hurry!) Bring Your Sweet Self Back to Me

Disc 2

1. California Blues (Blue Yodel, No. 4) (Single Version)

2. Run 'Em Off

3. I Love You Mostly

4. Just Can't Live That Fast (Any More)

5. Sick, Sober and Sorry

6. No One to Talk To (But the Blues)

7. You're Humbuggin' Me

8. Cigarettes and Coffee Blues

9. The Long Black Veil

10. Forbidden Lovers

11. Through the Eyes of a Fool

12. Don't Let Her See Me Cry

13. Saginaw, Michigan

14. When It Rains the Blues

15. I'm Not the Man I'm Supposed to Be

16. Hello to Him (Goodbye to Me)

17. How Far Down Can I Go

18. She's Gone, Gone, Gone

19. An Article from Life

20. Watermelon Time In Georgia (Single Version)

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Track List: Steppin' Out

4. Cigarettes And Coffee Blues

5. Shine, Shave, Shower (It's Saturday)

6. When Payday Comes Around

7. My Baby's Just Like Money

8. You Want Everything But Me

10. If You Can Spare The Time (I Won't Miss The Money)

11. I Won't Be Good For Nothin'

13. You Can Always Count On Me

14. Run 'em Off

15. Mama

16. Just Can't Live That Fast (Any More)

17. From An Angel To A Devil

19. No One To Talk To (But The Blues)

20. Time Out For The Blues

21. You Win Again

23. Desert Blues

27. My Bucket's Got A Hole In It

28. You're Humbuggin' Me

29. If You've Got The Money, I've Got The Time

30. Always Late (With Your Kisses)

31. Farther Than My Eyes Can See

32. She's Gone, Gone, Gone

33. My Blues Will Pass

34. So What! Let It Rain

35. Heaven's Plan

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Track List: Always Late

Disc 1

1. I Love You A Thousand Ways

2. If You've Got The Money (I've Got The Time)

3. Shine Shave Shower (It's Saturday)

4. Cold Feet

5. Look What Thoughts Will Do

6. My Baby's Just Like Money

7. I Want To Be With You Always

8. Give Me More More More (Of Your Kisses)

9. How Long Will It Take (To Stop Lovin' You)

10. Always Late (With Your Kisses)

11. Mom And Dad's Waltz

12. Teasures Untold

13. Blue Yodel No 6

14. Travelin' Blues

15. My Old Pal

16. Blue Yodel No 2

17. Lullaby Yodel

18. Brakeman's Blues

19. My Rough And Rowdy Ways

20. Don't Stay Away (Till Love Grows Cold)

Disc 2

1. It's Just You (I Could Love Always)

2. (Darling Now) You're Here So Everything's Allright

3. If You Can Spare The Time (I Won't Miss The Money)

4. A King Without A Queen

5. Forever (And Always)

6. I Know You're Lonesome (While Waiting For Me)

7. Lost Love Blues

8. That's Me Without You

9. Send Her To Be Mine

10. Lost Love Blues

11. I'm An Old Old Man (Tryin' To Live While I Can)

12. You're Just Mine ( Only In My Dreams)

13. (Honey Baby Hurry) Bring Your Sweet Self Back To Me

14. Time Changes Things

15. California Blues (Blue Yodel No 4)

16. Never No Mo' Blues

17. We Crucified Our Jesus

18. When It Comes To Measuring Love

19. Sleep Baby Sleep

20. I'm Lonely And Blue

Disc 3

1. Before You Go Make Sure You Know

2. Two Friends Of Mine In Love

3. Hopeless Love

4. Then I'll Come Back To You

5. The Tragic Letter (The Letter That You Left)

6. Two Hearts Broken Now

7. You Can Always Count On Me

8. I've Been Away Too Long

9. Run 'em Off

10. The Darkest Moment (Is Just Before The Light Of Day)

11. You're Too Late

12. My Little Her And Him

13. I Love You Mostly

14. Mama!

15. Making Believe

16. Moonlight Darling And You

17. I'll Sit Alone And Cry

18. A Forest Fire (Is In Your Heart)

19. Sweet Lies

Disc 4

1. It Gets Late So Early

2. I'm Lost Between Right And Wrong

3. Promises (Promises, Promises)

4. Today Is That Tomorrow (I Dreamed Of Yesterday)

5. First To Have A Second Chance

6. These Hands

7. Heart's Highway

8. I'm A Boy Left Alone

9. Just Can't Live That Fast (Anymore)

10. The Waltz Of The Angels

11. Lullaby Waltz

12. Glad I Found You

13. Now That You Are Gone

14. From An Angel To A Devil

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Track List: 16 Biggest Hits

2. I Love You a Thousand Ways

3. Look What Thoughts Will Do

4. I Want to Be with You Always

5. Always Late (With Your Kisses)

6. Mom and Dad's Waltz

7. Travellin' Blues

8. I'm an Old, Old Man (Tryin' to Live While I Can)

9. Just Can't Live That Fast (Any More)

10. The Long Black Veil

11. Saginaw, Michigan

12. She's Gone, Gone, Gone

13. I'm Not the Man I'm Supposed to Be

14. How Far Down Can I Go

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Track List: If You've Got The Money

1. If You've Got The Money, I've Got The Time

2. Look What Thoughts Will Do

3. I Love You A Thousand Ways

4. Shine, Shave, Shower, It's Saturday

5. I Want To Be With You Always

6. Travellin' Blues

7. How Long Will It Take To Stop Loving You?

8. My Baby's Just Like Money

9. Always Late With Your Kisses

10. Blue Yodel No. 2 (My Loving Gal Lucille)

11. You Want Everything But Me

12. The Brakeman's Blues

13. Mom And Dad's Waltz

14. My Rough And Rowdy Ways

15. Give Me More, More, More Of Your Kisses

16. Blue Yodel No. 6

18. Bring Your Sweet Self Back To Me

19. Don't Stay Away Till Love Grows Cold

20. California Blues (Blue Yodel No. 4)

21. Forever And Always

22. Before You Go Make Sure You Know

23. When It Comes to Measuring Love

24. Never No Mo' Blues

25. Then I'll Come Back To You

26. I'm Lonely And Blue

27. Run 'Em Off

28. Sleep, Baby, Sleep

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Track List: That's the Way Life Goes: The Hit Songs 1950-1975

1. If You Got The Money I've Got The Time

2. I Love You A Thousand Ways

3. Look What Thoughts Will Do

4. Shine, Shave, Shower (It's Saturday)

5. I Want To Be With You Always

6. Always Late (With Your Kisses)

7. Mom And Dad's Waltz

8. Travellin' Blues

9. Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses)

10. How Long Will It Take (To Stop Lovin You)

11. Don't Stay Away

12. Forever (And Always)

13. I'm An Old, Old Man (Tryin' To Live While I Can)

15. Run 'Em Off

16. I Love You Mostly

17. Just Cant Live That Fast (Any More)

18. Cigarettes And Coffee Blues

19. The Long Black Veil

20. Saginaw, Michigan

21. She's Gone, Gone, Gone

23. I Never Go Around Mirrors

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Track List: Lefty Frizzell's Country Favorites / Saginaw, Michigan

1. A King Without A Queen

2. My Baby's Just Like Money

3. (Honey, Baby, Hurry!) Bring Your Sweet Self Back To Me

4. Run 'Em Off

5. I Love You Mostly

6. You're Just Mine (Only In My Dreams)

7. Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses)

9. Sweet Lies

10. Two Hearts Broken Now

11. Saginaw, Michigan

12. Stranger

13. What Good Did You Get (Out Of Breaking My Heart)

14. There's No Food In This House

15. When It Rains The Blues

16. Hello To Him (Goodbye To Me)

17. James River

18. I'm Not The Man I'm Supposed To Be

19. Through The Eyes Of A Fool

20. I Was Coming Home To You

21. Don't Let Her See Me Cry

22. Lonely Heart

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Track List: Look What Thoughts Will Do

Disc 1

1. I Love You A Thousand Ways

2. If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time

3. Shine, Shave, Shower (It's Saturday)

4. Don't Think It Ain't Been Fun, Dear (Cuz It Ain't)

5. Look What Thoughts Will Do

6. You Want Everything But Me

7. I Want To Be With You Always

8. Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses)

9. How Long Will It Take (To Stop Loving You)

10. Always Late (With Your Kisses)

11. Mom And Dad's Waltz

12. You Can Go On Your Way Now

13. Travelin' Blues

15. Don't Stay Away (Till Love Grows Cold)

16. Forever (And Always)

17. Lost Love Blues

Disc 2

1. I'm An Old, Old Man (Tryin' To Live While I Can)

2. I'll Try

3. (Honey, Baby, Hurry!) Bring Your Sweet Self Back To Me

5. Run 'Em Off

6. I Love You Mostly

7. It Gets Late So Early

8. Treat Her Right

9. Just Can't Live That Fast (Any More)

10. Sick, Sober And Sorry

11. You're Humbuggin' Me

12. Cigarettes And Coffee Blues

13. The Long Black Veil

14. Forbidden Lovers

15. Don't Let Her See Me Cry

16. Saginaw, Michigan

17. She's Gone, Gone, Gone

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Track List: American Originals

1. Saginaw Michigan

2. Mom And Dad's Waltz

3. Long Black Veil

4. A Little Unfair

5. Don't Stay Away (Til Love Grows Cold)

6. She's Gone Gone Gone

7. Always Late (With Your Kisses)

8. Look What Thoughts Will Do

9. I Want To Be With You Always

10. Forever (And Always)

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Track List: Songs Of Jimmie Rodgers

2. Brakeman's Blues

3. My Rough And Rowdy Ways

4. Treasure Untold

5. Blue Yodel No. 6

6. I'm Lonely And Blue

7. Travelin' Blues

8. My Old Pal

9. Lullaby Yodel

11. California Blues (Blue Yodel #4)

12. Sleep Baby Sleep

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Absolutely, right on!
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No one can sing a honky tonk song like him.
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You are the best of music could you play Millers cave by Lefty Frizzell.
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He really put his heart into his songs...
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This is the best of the best music ever
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You are truly truly the best
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Thank you Lefty for an amazing body of work.
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Fantastic... .
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I would be remiss in not paying homage to my Dear Friend: Vern who adored Lefty Frizell & passed away on July 20,2009 !! He is with his maker, yet I truly miss him. He asked me never to forget him, as his biological family never cared about his life. Vern, I remember everything & am honored to have had his friendship! His absolute favorite Lefty song was, " Long Black Veil !" Hope to hear it soon...
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Lefty Frizzell was not only the best honky tonk singer, but his ballads spoke volumes!! His legacy transcends time...
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No me agas eato porfabor te amo martha
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Love that honky-tonk!
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Only waiting for one more song - "The Long Black Veil"!! If you like Lefty Frizzell, that song is a hauntingly beautiful melody!! It is another piece that belongs to Lefty!!
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Love Lefty's "" Songs of Jimmie Rodgers! ". Fitting tribute to the man who really was the true father of country music. Lefty Frizzell was the right man to perform his music.
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Ok,I truly love "I Never Go Around Mirrors," - that is Lefty's song and NOBODY else could come close to putting their heart & soul into a piece of music like Lefty Frizzell!!
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When Lefty Frizzell sings "I Never Go Around Mirrors," he shows his ultimate talent and probably his own heartache! It hit me that I love the song because I am hiding my own heartache. Yes, at my age & even though I am the outwardly unemotional pilot, I miss my Dad so much & will till I meet my maker!
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The homage we all pay Lefty Frizzell now, should have been given to him while he was alive! We have continually underappreci a t e d & often turned our backs on some of the most talented artists. All that ever mattered was the almighty dollar and the way we used these singers is pathetic! Lefty Frizzell, you will always be in my heart!
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Lefty Frizzell sang those things most of us cannot or refuse to put into words. (Worse, some of us refuse to admit) He was & is the best. RIP MR Frizzell! You left one giant legacy. Thank you!
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There will never be another Lefty Frizzell!! "Long Black Veil" is another haunting melody that I adore. That song is for my late friend and I know even though Vern is gone he would hear it&realize that I kept my promise. He is not forgotten and I will always remember my friend!
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I have been praying that I would hear "I Never Go Around Mirrors * and it could only be Lefty Frizzell!!My prayers were answered!
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Mmmmmm...he was great!
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Im only 17 but i love lefty and other old country singers... Im also related to him sorta
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listen to his music all the time growing up a great singer I love Saginaw Michigan
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Lefty frizzell
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annandjackdo s s
Will lefty be on pandora all the time ? I hope so will it be a station with leftys name on it ? Hope so ! Thank you pandora !
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annandjackdo s s
Thank you so much for playing leftys songs for us !
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annandjackdo s s
Wish I knew how to put some of his songs on Facebook so others could hear him too ?
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annandjackdo s s
Love all of leftys songs he was to me one of the greastest left us to soon but his music lives on !
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Great!
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i love lefty have you found the long black veil yet
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Ray Mohr & Fran Wiley North Port, Fl we love love Lefty's music also all the other greats that has gone on.....


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Love lefty ffrize
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merle haggard stole all of lefties song when he died
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wandaaus9
I heard lefty got his name playing baseball.
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Ain't none better!
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sailwjohn
I knew some Looney folks related to Lefty Frizzell when I lived in Alamosa.
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Marty, Hank and Lefty, and many many others. Ya cant beat em.
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Great! Only in America!
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Cool story, Robert Smith!!!
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Growing up in Corsicana Texas I always heard him and stories of him on KAND Radio. Served on the memorial committee that built the museum snd statue for him. Great times with his brothers Alan and David.
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I was i the Army @ Ft Benning Ga, 1949,50 &51, Lefty was on al lthe Juke Boxes and the soldiers played his records over and ove until the
bars and night clubs closed. He like ET was the choice of all the sodiers.Espe c i l l y inthe phonex City Ala. area
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I'm 27 years old and Just Can't Live That Fast Any More holds just as true for a youngin' like me as anyone. Good music is timeless/
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Listening to Lefty's music is like bourbon going down smoothly.
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mariongttmnn
In thanks to all the artist that brought us great moments to remember I leave the following poems. Just log on to: WWW.POETRYPO E M . C O M / P O E T R Y 3 8 7 8

May you see something you care to remember and past the site on to your friends. God bless.

As always,

Poet and friend --- Marion Marshall Guttmann
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I wonder what country or tejano(count r y in spanish)soun d s in Chinese git used to it. And by the way lets thank all our politicians after Nixon for that.THANK YOU!!! Lets rap in Chinese.
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Makes me the remember the "Good Times" of my youth. That was the time of real honky tonk ! Great !!
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love this music makes me remember what real country is.
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My family lived next door to lefty and alice, his sons ricky and marlin. what a magical time but was to young to understand. He use to take us to RCA studios on the week end and we would run the halls while he recorded. Chet Atkins use to slow use down.
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creolelorrai n e d u l e c h e
r e a l country...wi l l we ever get it back?!!!
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love that honky tonk
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