In 1999, after 25 years in the wilderness, Lee Hazlewood began his comeback by headlining the Meltdown festival. In this extract from his new book, Wyndham Wallace reveals how he coaxed the cult singer-songwriter back to the stage
Though the general public might be familiar with his global hits, which include Summer Wine, These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ and Some Velvet Morning, few recognise Lee Hazlewood as the man behind these classics, especially the ones on which he avoided the microphone. Fewer still are aware of his solo work.
In his glory days, Lee moved in rarefied circles. Quite apart from the monster successes he enjoyed with Nancy Sinatra, his compositions were recorded by the likes of Diana Ross and the Supremes, BB King, Dusty Springfield and Elvis. In addition, his musical endeavours led him to encounter a roll call of figures as implausible as it was impressive, including Jack Nicholson, Mick Jagger, Richard Pryor, Frank Sinatra, Ingrid Bergman, Peter Sellers and Jacqueline Bisset.
Today, Lee Hazlewood’s name remains undiscovered on any grand scale, despite my attempts, from 1999 until a year or so after his death in 2007, to re-establish what I consider to be his rightful place in the musical firmament, which included publicising the reissues of his albums, and persuading him to return to playing live…
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