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William Orville "Lefty" Frizzell (March 31, 1928 – July 19, 1975) was an American country music singer-songwriter and was one of the most definitive honky-tonk singers of country music. A vocalist who set the style of singing "the country way" for the generations that followed, Frizzell has become one of the most successful and influential artists of country music throughout his stellar career. He gained prominence in 1950 after two major hits, and throughout the decade was a very popular country performer. He smoothed out the rough edges of a honky tonk song by sounding out syllables longer and singing longer. Because of this, his music become much more mainstream without losing its honky tonk attitude and persona.
From Merle Haggard to Ray Price: Thanks for the good times
LA Times Entertainme, 2013-12-18 23:50:00
An Appreciation: Country music legend Merle Haggard remembers his mentor Ray price with pride and fondness — except for that rooster, maybe.Ray Price was the mentor and the leader. He was discovered and brought to Columbia Records by Lefty Frizzell, and he made his first record on Columbia with Lefty's ...
Merle Haggard calls Ray Price 'the first outlaw'
Yahoo Entertainment, 2013-12-17 22:29:45
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Merle Haggard can still remember the first time he heard Ray Price's voice come out of the radio, fronting Lefty Frizzell's band on "If You're Ever Lonely Darling" in 1951. And the memory of hearing "I'll Be There" for the first time in 1954 still makes ...
Lefty Frizzell's Brother Looks to Change Singer's Wild Reputation
Billboard, 2011-11-21 19:20:00
Lefty Frizzell's younger brother David has just released a new book, "I Love You A Thousand Ways," based on the life of the Country Music Hall of Famer, who died in 1975.