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Lee Hazlewood

Lee HazlewoodAKA Barton Lee Hazlewood

Born: 9-Jul-1929
Birthplace: Mannford, OK
Died: 4-Aug-2007
Location of death: Las Vegas, NV
Cause of death: Cancer - Kidney

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Music Producer, Country Musician

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Cowboy in Sweden

Military service: US Army

As a record producer, was for a time a mentor to Phil Spector in the late 1950s. Wrote a number of hits for Duane Eddy, shilled by Dick Clark on American Bandstand. Hazlewood crafted a signature sound with his production, drenching his vocals in echoey reverb, his weary Leonard Cohen baritone accompanied by one of a parade of younger female singers, including Ann-Margret and more notably Nancy Sinatra, whose 1965 hit "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" was produced by Hazlewood. Also recorded with Sinatra was the song "Some Velvet Morning", which was later successfully covered by Primal Scream and Slowdive.

In the late 1960s, Hazlewood moved to Sweden, where he became an actor, producing music videos with Swedish director Torbjörn Axelmann; this collaboration resulted in 1970's Cowboy In Sweden. Hazlewood retired from the record business in 1977, only to resurface 22 years later with a collection of jazz and blues standards, Farmisht, Flatulence, Origami, ARF!!! and Me....

Father: Gabe Hazlewood (oilman)
Mother: Eva Lee Hazlewood
Sister: Sara (b. 1935)
Wife: Naomi Shackleford (div., one daughter, one son)
Daughter: Debbie (b. 1954)
Son: Mark (b. 1955)
Wife: Tracey Stewart (m. 1983, div.)
Wife: Jeanne Kelly (until his death)

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Author of books:
Lee Hazlewood's The Pope's Daughter: His Fantasy Life with Nancy and Other Sinatra's (2002, fiction)

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