Barton Lee Hazlewood, better known as Lee Hazlewood, was a singer, composer and producer born in his, Oklahoma on 9 July 1929 and died on 4 August 2007 in Henderson, near Las Vegas.
Child lived Multistate American until his teenage years, when his family settled in Port Neaches, Texas, where he was influenced by the musical tradition of the area. He studied medicine at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, for later participate in Korea Guerra alongside the army of his country.
At the end of his military experience, Hazlewood worked as a Disc Jockey while began writing his first songs and producing other artists. In 1955 he created his own record label called Viv Records, in which they recorded many artists of the time. One of them was the singer rockabilly Sanford Clark, who became the composite theme by Lee The Fool, a success in EE. U.s. During this time he also worked with Duane Eddy, one of the first rock guitarists.
At the beginning of the 1960s, Phil Spector requested to Lee teach him and introduced him in the music business and also worked with Jack Nitzsche, another of the most famous producers of era. Other successes this time was Houston, performed by Dean Martin.
In 1963 released his first album as a singer, Trouble In Lonesome town, in describing his hometown, his. Both this and his subsequent albums would include new tracks alongside others had previously written for other artists. Hazlewood, who had no objection to combine different styles, songs like country music, jazz, style was already defined these disks, the pop orchestrated or subsequently psychedelic rock something which joined his deep baritone voice made her sound to be easily recognizable.
In 1965 he began collaborating with Nancy Sinatra, for whom he wrote and produced These Boots Are Made for walkin’ ‘, song that was a great success throughout the world. This collaboration lasted for several years, reaching produce nine disks singer. Also recorded several songs performed a Duet that were collected in the Nancy and Lee disk in the year 1968, including the popular Some Velvet Morning. In 1967 they recorded You Only Live Twice, the main theme of you only live twice, the fifth film in the saga of James Bond, as well as the single Something Stupid, Nancy was a Duet with his father Frank.
In 1969 he edited The Cowboy and the Lady, where this time he was accompanied by actress Ann Margret. At the beginning of the 1970s decided to leave the United States live between London, Paris and Sweden, country which would undertake the album cowboy in Sweeden in 1970.
In 2006 he was diagnosed with a terminal renal cancer, what did not to record in the same year his last album, cake or Death, in which several members of his family and was his farewell album. He died on August 4, 2007 at the age of 78 years of age.
Of age, his music has had a major influence in pop and rock, especially among alternative rock artists and many of them have recorded versions of his songs, as it is the case of Nick Cave, Lydia Lunch, Einstürzende Neubauten, or group of heavy metal, Megadeth. Although best known probably review of Some Velvet Morning who interpreted the model Kate Moss accompanied by Primal Scream.
The British band Tindersticks, strongly influenced by his music, he placed a photo of Lee on the cover of 1993, single A Marriage Made in Heaven, and on his back could read in the following dedication: inspired by Lee Hazlewood and dedicated to him, a father to us all.
The Group of Trip hop Alpha, used a sample from My autumm’s Done Gone as sound background song Sometime Later in 1996.
2002 Released a disc tribute to Lee Hazlewood under the title Total Lee that interpreted his artists songs as Jarvis Cocker, Saint Etienne, Calexico, or those Tindersticks. A year later, Quentin Tarantino rescataría song by Nancy Bang Bang (My Baby Shoot Me Down), for use in the soundtrack of the film Kill Bill.