Remembering The Death Of Lefty Frizzell, Whose Vocal Style Played A Major Role In The Genre

Lefty Frizzell.
Lefty Frizzell.

On July 19, 1975, Lefty Frizzell died at Nashville Memorial Hospital after suffering a massive stroke. He was only 47 years old.

The country music star has been known for his unique vowel-bending vocal style of singing that has played a major role in country music throughout the decades. He set a style for generations of vocalists that followed him, with George Jones, Willie Nelson, Randy Travis, and so much more emulating and expanding his innovations. In fact, country legend Merle Haggard described him as “the most unique thing that ever happened to country music.”

Frizzell, who was the son of an oil driller, broke into big‐time country music in the early 1950s at a remarkable speed. The year 1951 saw the release of several of the most memorable Lefty Frizzell songs, his tour with country legend Hank Williams, and his induction to the Grand Ole Opry.

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