Lee Hazlewood 1929-2007

Lee Hazlewood, gravel-voiced singer, songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur died of renal cancer on August 4th aged 78. He was best known for his duets with Nancy Sinatra, although he had more success as a writer than as a recording artist. He started out as a DJ, and also set up several independent labels during the fifties, but got his big break when country singer Sanford Clark had a hit with his song “The Fool” in 1956. It was the start of an up and down career that included some spectacular successes, such as his work with Nancy Sinatra and Duane Eddy, and some long periods of inactivity and obscurity. His last album Cake Or Death appeared at the end of last year. He was well aware that he was terminally ill when he recorded it. A full obituary appears here

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