I Love You a Thousand Ways: The Lefty Frizzell Story

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I Love You a Thousand Ways is the story of one of the most loved, respected, and imitated singer/songwriters in the history of country music, a man whose songs touched the lives of millions of people. Lefty Frizzell’s relaxed style of singing proved to be a huge influence on a wide variety of country and pop music stars such as Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, George Jones, John Fogerty, George Strait, and Tim McGraw.

In addition to his incredible vocal talents, Lefty...

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Overview


I Love You a Thousand Ways is the story of one of the most loved, respected, and imitated singer/songwriters in the history of country music, a man whose songs touched the lives of millions of people. Lefty Frizzell’s relaxed style of singing proved to be a huge influence on a wide variety of country and pop music stars such as Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, George Jones, John Fogerty, George Strait, and Tim McGraw.

In addition to his incredible vocal talents, Lefty was widely recognized for his songwriting skills. He had four songs in the country top ten at the same time in 1951—a feat that would only be repeated one more time on any chart, when The Beatles had five songs on the pop chart in 1964. Among Lefty’s many hits are: “If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time,” “Mom and Dad’s Waltz,” “The Long Black Veil,” and “Saginaw, Michigan.”

Willie Nelson’s 1977 album, To Lefty From Willie, was a tribute to Frizzell and consisted entirely of cover versions of Frizzell songs. Fellow Texan Roy Orbison was also a devout fan of Frizzell’s sound. In 1988, as a part of the Traveling Wilburys, Orbison chose the name “Lefty Wilbury” in honor of his musical hero.

Lefty was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1982. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. I Love You a Thousand Ways is a long overdue, beautiful tribute to one of the most underrated musicians of all time, a man whose music continues to influence new generations of musicians and music fans.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Claiming all previous material on his older brother Lefty to be misleading at best, David Frizzell presents this family-orientated account of the legendary country singer, whose youthful ambition and unmistakable talent outshone his gritty upbringing. Prone to the occasional misdemeanor, it was while serving jail time for rape that Lefty composed the brilliant "I Love You A Thousand Ways:" "Lefty wrote one of the most important songs in country music history... sitting on his bunk with tears in his eyes and no guitar in his hands." The book's most honest and captivating episodes focus on Lefty's musical talent. He earned his stage time the hard way, but topped the charts with his unique relaxed vocals, led by the hit single "If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time." Though hard-working, Lefty embraced the role of the unreliable star, and David seems to revel in his brother's maverick persona and abusive nature. Succumbing to drinking and womanizing, Lefty's foolhardiness proves to be the root of his sad demise. Lefty's charm glimmers in the book's musical moments, but the book is primarily a raw family drama, and the writing is decidedly, if unapologetically, corny. However, a close-knit country community will be grateful for this understandably biased tribute.
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"[This] is obviously a family affair, but author David Frizzell—an accomplished country singer in his own right—doesn't pull any punches in presenting his portrait of Lefty Frizzell, the artist, and Lefty Frizzell, the man. In the process, David Frizzell very much humanizes Lefty Frizzell and brings him to life on the page." —Chet Flippo, www.cmt.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595800589
  • Publisher: Santa Monica Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 350,614
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


David Frizzell began his career in music as a teenager, accompanying and performing alongside his older brother, music legend William “Lefty” Frizzell. In 1981 he recorded his first number-one country hit, “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma,” a duet with Shelly West. In 1982, David hit number one on the country charts with his solo single, “I’m Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home,” which was nominated for Song of the Year at the 1982 Grammy Awards. He continues to record and perform at venues around the world to this day.

Merle Haggard is one of the most influential singers, guitarists, instrumentalists, and songwriters in the history of country music. A multiple Grammy award winner with 38 number-one hits to his name, Haggard was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1977 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1984.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 8

Foreword Merle Haggard 10

Family Chart 12

Introduction 13

Prologue 15

Chapter 1 Mom and Dad's Waltz 17

Chapter 2 I'm Gonna Sing Like Jimmie 31

Chapter 3 Lefty 45

Chapter 4 Please Be Mine, Dear Blue Eyes 53

Chapter 5 Travelin' Blues 65

Chapter 6 I Love You a Thousand Ways 93

Chapter 7 Time Changes Things 115

Chapter 8 If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time 129

Chapter 9 Hank and Lefty 153

Chapter 10 Always Late 167

Chapter 11 Lefty Meets Merle 181

Chapter 12 California Blues 201

Chapter 13 The Long Black Veil 221

Chapter 14 Saginaw, Michigan 245

Chapter 15 That's the Way Love Goes 269

Chapter 16 The Last Session 283

Chapter 17 Forever and Always 299

Epilogue 311

Song Credits 315

Discography 316

Index 319

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  • Posted December 16, 2011

    Recommended for those interested in Lefty's life and times

    This was a fast read, interesting and narrated like it happened. Plainly written.Enjoyed learning about the man who did those great songs and music. Great book by his little brother David Frizzell.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    Excellent read!!

    I Love You a Thousand Ways is one of the better memoirs I have read recently. The story is poignant and shows that love can overcome the greatest barriers. It tells the story of a man who was able to thwart all manner of obstacles and become a country music legend despite battling his own inner demons. The story is told with candor and love by his brother, David, who knew Lefty's talents and his faults and accepted them both as part of the greater man.

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