Lee Hazlewood and his boots, with them, he and Nancy Sinatra walked straight ahead into the Charts. “These Boots Are Made for Walking“ was the perennial favorite of Frank Sinatras daughter, Nancy, and Lee Hazlewood; a song that not only stormed the American Bill Board charts but became a worldwide hit, and all without Synthezizer!
Lee Hazlewood was a cool Buddy by himself, in addition to his performances with Nancy – as a solo artist. He was primarily a composer, who also wrote songs for many other artists, like Dean Martin and so on. In the 70s he wrote songs that are today covert by bands like Lambchop, Calexico and Jarvis Cocker. Hazlewoods songs like ‘These Boots Are Made for Walkin’, ‘Rebel–,Rouser’ or ‘This Town’, played the Soundtrack of several successful films, such as Full Metal Jacket, Forrest Gump or Ocean’s 13.
Even a film with Romy Schneider based on the beauty of his songs:
It’s a story created by Henri George Clouzot „L’enfer“, Inferno, which was unfortunately never completed …
Lee Hazlewood, the free thinker, took himself not to serious; he was just always happy for a ride: “I’m not a musician, I can barely hold a guitar properly. I just had no musical training. Maybe it’s just this simple procedure, which like the kids at my songs. This eternal explanation is bugging me anyway. Songs mean nothing except an opportunity to raise funds, you can wear to a bar to order a Scotch.” In recent years, Hazlewood lived for health reasons completely abstinent near Las Vegas. There he had settled with his wife and his son, because he had to pay no income tax there. He also liked the desert.“
His latest album, “Cake or Death”, appeared at November 2006. At that time he already knew he had not a long life ahead anymore. He suffered from kidney cancer. But he still kept on joking “Interview is ok, if I’m still alive. We’ll see if it still comes to Christmas…”
One of his last friends was Wyndham Wallace. Since 1999, he accompanied him in all productions and remained until his death in August 2007 with him. This friend wrote a amusing biography of the great artist, coming out in may 2015: Lee myself & I.
This Sunday the 25th oct.2015, there will be a big tribute concert for Lee in London at the London Barbican Hall. Perforrmers: Ed Harcourt Music Director
Find all Information about it under this Link: London Barbican Hall