Lefty Frizzell

William Orville "Lefty" Frizzell (March 31, 1928 – July 19, 1975) was an American country and honky-tonk singer-songwriter.

Frizell is known as one of the most influential country music vocal stylists of all time. He has been cited as influencing prominent country singers like George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1982 as well as the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In his prime, Frizzell was the first artist to achieve four songs in the top ten on the Country Music Billboard charts at one time. Frizzell went on to have more success, releasing many songs that charted in the Top 10 of the Hot Country Songs charts as an artist and songwriter. After dealing with alcoholism, he died of a stroke at age 47.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 31, 1928 (Corsicana), Died July 19, 1975 (Nashville)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1950 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor E0VB-5772 10-in. 10/11/1950 If you've got the money, I've got the time Panhandle Punchers ; Texas Jim Robertson Male vocal solo, with string band songwriter  
Victor E1VB-1188 10-in. 2/20/1951 Look what thoughts will do Oklahoma Wranglers ; Guy Willis Male vocal solo, with string band songwriter  
Victor E1VB-1189 10-in. 2/20/1951 Shine, shave, shower Oklahoma Wranglers ; Guy Willis Male vocal solo, with vocal harmonies and string band songwriter  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Frizzell, Lefty," accessed February 26, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/357708.

Frizzell, Lefty. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 26, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/357708.

"Frizzell, Lefty." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 26 February 2024.

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