A little change in styles for this week and one of my all time favourite musicians and arguably one of the coolest men ever to have graced this planet. Lee Hazlewood most well known for his work with Nancy Sinatra (who he once told to perform “like a 14-year-old girl who fucks truck drivers”) wrote and produced some beautiful music for over 50 years and here is a tiny selection of some of my favourites. The first successful collaboration Hazlewood had was with 50’s twang guitarist Duane Eddy with Hazlewood producing and writing many of his work, the majority of these pieces were sung by Eddie but my particular favourite was actually performed by Hazlewood with Eddy’s distinguishable twang sound combining so well. The track is ‘Girl On Death Row’ which I first discovered on the excellent Born Bad compilations that I would highly recommend to anyone into the slightly more rawer 50s rock sound.
In the 60’s Hazlewood started releasing his own solo LPs and for my second track I’ve gone for the title track from his 3rd record; ‘Friday’s Child’, a lovely example of a classic Hazlewood tune. As I mentioned earlier Hazlewood is probably best known for his work with Nancy Sinatra, most notably the hit ‘These Boots Were Made For Walking’ however it is their 2 duet albums ‘Nancy & Lee’ and ‘Nancy & Lee Again’ that really showed off the brilliant chemistry the 2 had. Here I’ve gone for the great song ‘Some Velvet Morning’ from their first album together; ‘Nancy & Lee’. The track was covered by Primal Scream and Kate Moss in 2002 and was probably the track that first got me into Lee Hazlewood’s work, I remember around the same time the video to this song regularly being played outside the club night Trash where I would nervously queued hoping to get in.
Finally I have chosen a track from possibly my favourite Lee Hazlewood record; Requiem For An Almost Lady. Probably the thing I love most about Lee Hazlewood’s music is when he occasionally talks at the beginning of his songs, I’ve always felt he should have recorded himself reading children’s bed time stories as he has such an amazing voice and even when he talks complete gibberish (which is quite often) it sounds so beautiful and heartfelt, here is the track ‘Come On Home To Me’, one of my favourites. Finally I couldn’t write a post about Lee Hazlewood without including footage from his 2 excellent Swedish TV Specials he made while he was living there, ‘Cowboy In Sweden’ and ‘Love And Other Crimes’, enjoy!