LEE HAZLEWOOD (1929 - 2007)

When you hear people say:

“They don’t make ‘em like they used to.”

They’re correct.

And they’re talking about Lee Hazlewood.

And musicians/writers/producers like Hazlewood.

Lee could do it all: write, sing, perform, and produce. But just being able to do the full gambit of record-making doesn’t cut it. You’ve got to have the inner pulse, the inner hep cat or amusing devil inside to inspire something fine, something that will stand up to the test of Ol’ Man Time and kick him in the teeth.

Lee Hazlewood achieved that goal by building songs like great American automobiles. They were made to last. If he had done nothing more than write “Boots” we’d still be talking about him.

If you’re reading up on Lee or if you’re already a fan of his work you’ll know he was one of the first deejays to spin Elvis records (and almost got fired for the pleasure), worked with guitar legend Duane Eddy, Hal Blaine (greatest drummer in the business), of course Nancy Sinatra, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Dino, Desi, & Billy, as well as maintaining his own personal recording career that spanned from 1963’s Trouble is a Lonesome Town to the 2006 album: Cake or Death.

There’s just no doubt about it, this “psychedelic cowboy” went out with his pistolas a-blazin’.

Much love and eternal peace to you, Mr. Hazlewood.

Bradley Mason Hamlin
August 2007, Mystery Island

"Lee Hazlewood tribute" by Bradley Mason Hamlin
© 2007 Mystery Island Publications.
Published August 6, 2007. All rights reserved.