Nancy Sinatra with Lee Hazlewood – Jackson (Music Video)

Lee Hazlewood (July 9, 1929 – August 4, 2007), born Barton Lee Hazlewood was an American country and pop singer, songwriter, and record producer, most widely known for his work with guitarist Duane Eddy during the late 1950s and singer Nancy Sinatra in the 1960s. Hazlewood had a distinctive baritone voice that added a resonance […]

Lee Hazlewood (July 9, 1929 – August 4, 2007), born Barton Lee Hazlewood was an American country and pop singer, songwriter, and record producer, most widely known for his work with guitarist Duane Eddy during the late 1950s and singer Nancy Sinatra in the 1960s.

Hazlewood had a distinctive baritone voice that added a resonance to his music. Hazlewood’s collaborations with Nancy Sinatra as well as his solo output in the late 1960s and early 1970s have been praised as an essential contribution to a sound often described as “Cowboy Psychedelia” or “Saccharine Underground”.

Early life

The son of an oil man, Hazlewood was born in Mannford, Oklahoma and spent most of his youth living between Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, and Louisiana. He grew up listening to pop and bluegrass music.Hazlewood spent his teenage years in Port Neches, Texas where he was exposed to a rich Gulf Coast music tradition. Hazlewood studied for a medical degree at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.He served with the United States Army during the Korean War.

Career

Following discharge from the military, Hazlewood worked as a disc jockey in Arizona while honing his songwriting skills. His first hit as a producer and songwriter was “The Fool”, recorded by rockabilly artist Sanford Clark in 1956. Hazlewood partnered with pioneering rock guitarist Duane Eddy,producing and cowriting an unprecedented string of hit instrumental records, including “Peter Gunn”, “Boss Guitar”, “40 Miles Of Bad Road”, “Shazam!”, “Rebel Rouser” and “[Dance With The] Guitar Man”.

Hazlewood is perhaps best known for having written and produced the 1966 Nancy Sinatra U.S./UK #1 hit, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” and “Summer Wine”. He also wrote “How Does That Grab Ya, Darlin'”, “Friday’s Child”, “So Long, Babe, “Sugar Town” and many others for Sinatra. Among his most well-known vocal performances is Some Velvet Morning, a 1967 duet with Nancy Sinatra. Hazlewood performed that song along with “Jackson” and “See the Little Children” on her 1967 television special Movin’ With Nancy. He wrote the theme song “The Last of the Secret Agents”, the theme song of the 1966 spy-spoof film of the same title. Nancy Sinatra, who had a role in the film, recorded the song for the soundtrack. For Frank Sinatra’s 1967 detective movie, Tony Rome, Hazlewood also wrote the theme song which was performed by Nancy. He also wrote “Houston”, a 1965 US hit recorded by Dean Martin. Hazlewood also wrote “This Town”, a song that was recorded by Frank Sinatra that appeared on his 1969 album Greatest Hits and is the basis for Paul Shaffer’s “Small Town News” segment theme on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Though it did not receive much attention at the time, Hazlewood also worked with Gram Parsons and the International Submarine Band in the mid 1960s. Parsons’ departure from the band and decision to become part of The Byrds created legal problems with Hazlewood.

In the 1970s Hazlewood moved to Stockholm, Sweden, where he wrote and produced the one-hour television show Cowboy in Sweden together with friend and Director Torbjörn Axelman, which also later emerged as an album.

Hazlewood was semi-retired from the music business during the 1970s and 1980s. However, his own output also achieved a cult status in the underground rock scene, with songs covered by artists such as Rowland S. Howard, Miles Kane, Vanilla Fudge, Lydia Lunch, Primal Scream, Entombed, Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Hooverphonic, Anita Lane, Megadeth, Beck, The Tubes, Thin White Rope and Slowdive.

In 2006, Hazlewood sang on Bela B.’s first solo album, Bingo, on the song “Lee Hazlewood und das erste Lied des Tages” (“Lee Hazlewood and the first song of the day”). He said that he loved producing and writing albums.

Last recordings and death

In 2005, Hazlewood was diagnosed with terminal renal cancer, yet undertook an extensive round of interviews and promotional activities in support of his last album, Cake or Death.

His last recording was for the vocals of Icelandic quartet Amiina’s single “Hilli (At The Top Of The World)”.

Hazlewood died of renal cancer in Henderson, Nevada on August 4, 2007, survived by his wife Jeane, son Mark and daughters Debbie and Samantha.

Discography

1960s-1970s

1963 — Trouble Is a Lonesome Town
1964 — The N.S.V.I.P.’s
1965 — Friday’s Child (refashioned as ‘Houston’ in 1968)
1966 — The Very Special World of Lee Hazlewood
1966 — Summer Wine
1966 — These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ (LP: MGM 2354 036)
1967 — Lee Hazlewoodism Its Cause and Cure
1968 — Nancy & Lee — a collaboration with Nancy Sinatra
1968 — Something Special
1968 — Love and Other Crimes
1969 — The Cowboy and the Lady — a collaboration with Ann Margret.
1969 : Forty (different songs than Friday’s child)
1970 — Cowboy in Sweden — recorded in Sweden
1971 — Requiem for an Almost Lady
1972 — Nancy & Lee Again — a collaboration with Nancy Sinatra
1972 — 13
1973 — I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
1973 — Poet, Fool or Bum
1974 — The Stockholm Kid Live at Berns
1975 — A House Safe for Tigers
1976 — 20th Century Lee
1977 — Movin’ On
1977 — Back on the Street Again

1990s-2000s

1993 — Gypsies & Indians — a collaboration with Anna Hanski
1999 — Farmisht, Flatulence, Origami, ARF!!! & Me…
2002 — For Every Solution There’s a Problem
2002 — For Every Question There’s an Answer — interview CD
2002 — Total Lee! The Songs Of Lee Hazlewood (Various Artists) — Tribute Album
2002 — Bootleg Dreams & Counterfeit Demos
2003 — Lycanthrope Tour/Europe 2002
2004 — Nancy & Lee 3 — a collaboration with Nancy Sinatra
2006 — Cake or Death

Lyrics

We got married in a fever hotter than a pepper sprout
We been talkin’ ’bout Jackson
Ever since the fire went out
I’m goin’ to Jackson, I’m gonna mess around (yeah?) Yeah, I’m goin’ to Jackson, look out Jackson town

Well, go on down to Jackson, go ahead and wreck your health (hmm)
Go play your hand, you big-talkin’ man, make a big fool of yourself
Yeah, yeah, go to Jackson, but go comb that hair
I’m gonna snowball Jackson
Go ahead and see if I care

When I breeze inta that city, the people gonna stoop and bow (ha ha)
All them women gonna make me teach ’em what they don’t know how
I’m goin’ to Jackson, ya turn-a loose-a my coat
‘Cause I’m goin’ to Jackson
Goodbye, that’s all she wrote

They’ll laugh at you in Jackson (I doubt it)
And I’ll be dancin’ on a pony keg
They’ll lead you ’round that town like a scalded hound
With your tail tucked between your legs
Yeah, yeah, yeah, go to Jackson, you big-talkin’ man
And I’ll be waitin’ there in Jackson behind my JAY-pan fan

We got married in a fever hotter than a pepper sprout
We been talkin’ ’bout Jackson ever since the fire went ou-ou-out
Go to Jackson and that’s a natural fact
We’re goin’ to Jackson, ain’t never comin’ back

We got married in a fever hotter than a pepper sprout
We been talkin’ ’bout Jackson



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