Lee Hazlewood, 1929-2007
August 6, 2007 8:38 AM   Subscribe

Lee Hazlewood died.
posted by tugena13 (36 comments total)
I always loved his duet with Ann-Margaret on 'Dark End Of The Street,' to say nothing of his originals. Faretheewell, crazy genius.
posted by jonmc at 8:42 AM on August 6, 2007

I knew that on some velvet morning I'd hear this news.

posted by beelzbubba at 8:45 AM on August 6, 2007 [1 favorite]

posted by Tiresias at 8:46 AM on August 6, 2007

Didn't realize he wrote "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'."

Didn't know this either: "In 1953, he became a radio DJ and one of the first people to champion the work of Elvis Presley. Years later Presley thanked Lee for his early support, telling him that if it hadn’t been for folks like Lee he would probably have wound up driving trucks for a living."

From the same article: "His album Poet, Fool or Bum received the unpleasantly curt review from the NME of ‘Bum.’" Ah, yes, the ever-reliable credibility of the NME.

Rest in peace.
posted by blucevalo at 8:52 AM on August 6, 2007

posted by PeterMcDermott at 8:59 AM on August 6, 2007

Oh sir, my fire is burning high
If it should stop, sir, I would die
posted by elgilito at 9:01 AM on August 6, 2007

I miss the robins and the little songs they sing.
After tomorrow I miss everything.

posted by ktrey at 9:22 AM on August 6, 2007

posted by Skygazer at 9:25 AM on August 6, 2007

But...but...he never got around to telling me about Phaedra.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 9:38 AM on August 6, 2007

It takes a special kind of person to, when given a terminal diagnosis, to come out with an album called "Cake or Death?".
posted by rongorongo at 9:40 AM on August 6, 2007

Recent Q&A with emusic re: Cake or Death.
posted by dobbs at 9:41 AM on August 6, 2007

I'm sipping some Summer Wine right now for lunch.

Some Velvet Morning (not the original video, alas, but hypnotic nonetheless.)
posted by maudlin at 9:43 AM on August 6, 2007 [1 favorite]

Why couldn't it have been Lee Greenwood instead?
posted by psmealey at 9:48 AM on August 6, 2007

posted by BoringPostcards at 9:50 AM on August 6, 2007

Just for a second, a split second, I had an image of a bearded man standing in front of a waving flag declaring his pride at being an American, where at least he knows he's free. Then I realized my terrible, terrible mistake.
posted by Pollomacho at 9:52 AM on August 6, 2007

I met the man when he was about 70. He came out (wearing chaps!) during a Nancy Sinatra concert and sang four songs with her, including "Some Velvet Morning." Afterwards I met him, and I told him he was popular in Sarajevo (my father owned two of his albums) and he told me he liked my accent and asked me, do you sing? Unfortunately I don't - or you might be reading a message from the Bosnian Nancy Sinatra! Take that, MeFites!

p.s. He was very nice and I am sorry he was so sick for so long.
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 9:55 AM on August 6, 2007

He should be in the Hall of Fame for his work with Duane Eddy alone.
posted by joseph_elmhurst at 9:57 AM on August 6, 2007

Another, newer cover of Some Velvet Morning. With a supermodel singing Phaedra.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:02 AM on August 6, 2007

RIP, dear sir.
posted by sleepy pete at 10:09 AM on August 6, 2007

I, for one, cannot forgive him for his involvement in the Exxon Valdez disaster.
posted by newfers at 10:13 AM on August 6, 2007

This made me a lot more sad than the usual artist-I-like-died news. It's probably because there is no one like him.
posted by Kattullus at 10:14 AM on August 6, 2007

A true American original. Not a lot of those around anymore.
posted by Rangeboy at 10:24 AM on August 6, 2007

posted by kuujjuarapik at 10:35 AM on August 6, 2007

Sooner or later.. we all make the little flowers grow...

Rest in Peace, Lee. You will be missed.
posted by msquare at 11:25 AM on August 6, 2007

Well shit. Sad news.
posted by palimpsest at 11:54 AM on August 6, 2007

posted by jtron at 12:02 PM on August 6, 2007

posted by desuetude at 12:15 PM on August 6, 2007

Aw, damn, that's sad. Goodbye, Lee.
posted by tomsk at 12:45 PM on August 6, 2007

Was he an Eddie Izzard fan?
posted by kirkaracha at 1:38 PM on August 6, 2007

I haven't bothered reading the thread above this comment, as this is the most heartbreaking celebrity death for me since Vonnegut and I'm not ready to wallow quite yet. Hazlewood's Requiem for an Almost Lady, a fine and bitter album, got me through a particularly difficult time in my life with its comforting minimalism and confused sneer towards the fairer sex. From its opening track:

"You came walkin' into my life
Carryin' your own dreams
You could've been
Yeah, you could've been good
Then why were you so goddamn mean
But till you I never had any fun
But I'm sure glad I never
Ain't you glad I never
Be glad I never owned a gun"

Hazlewood was the best and completely untouchable, and imitators can bite down hard on that. His death leaves a void on this plane that will never be filled. May his light shine.
posted by item at 1:42 PM on August 6, 2007


posted by mykescipark at 2:33 PM on August 6, 2007

posted by brilliantmistake at 3:18 PM on August 6, 2007

Very sad.
Thanks Lee for being a little part of who I am today.
posted by DonnieSticks at 3:54 PM on August 6, 2007

posted by wrapper at 5:30 PM on August 6, 2007

Damn. I knew a third was coming after Bergman and Antonioni. Some velvet morning indeed.

posted by shoepal at 7:34 PM on August 6, 2007

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