Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Show 70: Lee Hazlewood Special

Airs July 9th (3 p.m. pacific / 6 p.m. eastern)
and in my regular timeslot on July 12

"you play that stuff in the mauna loa lounge? sheesh. why don't you change the name to scruffy whiskers caveman hour?"
-Recent forum post

As regular listeners know, Thrifting for Tunes is not always just about Mai Tais and Martin Denny...

We occasionally get the urge to step out from behind the bar and venture out into other parts of the Mauna Loa Lounge... like into the kitchen for the odd spaghetti western special... or onto the back porch, as is the case for our annual Lee Hazlewood tribute.

Lee would have turned 79 on July 9 of this year (he unfortunately passed away last August).

Last year's special featured excerpts from Lee's 1969 Swedish TV special Love and Other Crimes.

For this year's special, I let Lee do all the talking — and thankfully, all the singing too —, squeezing in just about as much of an almost-career-spanning retrospective of his solo work as I could get away with in a one-hour slot, and concluding with a bit of narration and three live songs from his final tour in 2002...

Hopefully, it all comes together nicely and sounds somewhat autobiographical.

Luxuriamusic's Space Patrol host Carl Howard said it best:

"Hazlewood would have been the first to tear himself down as any sort of awesome legend or urban cowboy or what-have-you. He fled the United States just at the point that he would have been turned into the kind of AM Radio fodder that people like Glen Campbell represented. He made Nancy Sinatra out of whole cloth in a way her daddy never did. He left his stamp and consciously moved on, then stayed around long enough to scratch his head every time some latter generation of fans caught up with him... and laughed at it all."

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Lee Hazlewood bio - excerpt 1

Song :: Mannford, Oklahoma
Album :: Something Special

Song :: In Our Time
Album :: Lee Hazlewoodism, it's Cause and Cure

Song :: Cold Hard Times
Album :: Cowboy in Sweden

Song :: I Move Around
Album :: The Very Special World of Lee Hazlewood

Song :: Ten Or 11 Towns Ago
Album :: 13

Song :: This Town
Album :: Something Special

Lee Hazlewood bio - excerpt 2

Song :: Friday's Child
Album :: Friday's Child

Song :: My Baby Cried All Night Long
Album :: The Many Sides of Lee

Song :: Hey Cowboy
Album :: Cowboy in Sweden

Song :: You Look Like A Lady
Album :: 13

Song :: Forget Marie
Album :: Love and Other Crimes

Lee Hazlewood bio - excerpt 3

Song :: Your Sweet Love
Album :: The Very Special World of Lee Hazlewood

Song :: After Six
Album :: Lee Hazlewoodism, it's Cause and Cure

Song :: A Taste Of You
Album :: For Every Solution There's A Problem

Song :: Won't You Tell Your Dreams
Album :: Requiem For An Almost Lady

Song :: Rainbow Woman
Album :: Reprise single

Lee Hazlewood bio - excerpt 4

Song :: Stone Cold Blues
Album :: Something Special

Song :: Love And Other Crimes (Live)
Album :: The Lycantrope Tour

Song :: She Comes Running (Live)
Album :: The Lycantrope Tour

Lee Hazlewood end text

Song :: My Autumns Done Come (Live)
Album :: The Lycantrope Tour

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