William Orville "Lefty" Frizzell (March 31, 1928 – July 19, 1975) was an American country music singer-songwriter and honky-tonk singer.
Frizell is known as one of the most influential country music vocal stylists of all time. He has been cited as influencing prominent country singers like George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1982 as well as the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In his prime Frizzell had four songs in the top ten on the Country Music Billboard charts all at one time, which had never been done before, and that record was only broken with the death of Michael Jackson and the re-release of his recordings. Frizzell went on to have more success, releasing many songs that charted in the Top 10 of the Hot Country Songs charts as a artist and a songwriter. After becoming an alcoholic, he died of a stroke at age 47.
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