If You've Got the Money

If You've Got the Money

by Lefty Frizzell


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What made Texas native William Orville "Lefty" Frizzell so pleasant to listen to was his resonant, warm, and mellifluous voice, beautifully tempered in tones pitched not so high nor quite so nasal as those of his Eastern counterparts Hank Williams and Webb Pierce. Whether crooning under the spell of love and heartache or percolating in his irresistibly upbeat good-time honky tonk manner, Lefty had a stage persona so stylish and magnetic that country singers have been trying like hell to emulate him ever since. This excellent compilation focuses on his Columbia recordings from 1950 to 1953. With only one exception -- Aubrey Freeman's "You Want Everything But Me" -- the tunes assembled here were composed either by Jimmie Rodgers or Frizzell himself. Each performance is delivered with disarming ease by Frizzell's solid little band. A closer look at the enclosed discography reveals the fact that between 1950 and 1953 there were no less than 28 musicians whose polished expertise helped to make these records sound so fine. In addition to Frizzell there were three different lead guitarists (Norman Stevens, Jimmy Rollins, and Roy Nichols), three who played rhythm, and seven steel players, including the great Curly Chalker, who also handled Dobro. Five different fiddlers, six double bassists, and six drummers are heard on this collection. Lefty's pianists during these early years were Madge Sutee, Evelyn Rowley, and Harold Carmack. Wayne Raney was the featured harmonica player except when Frizzell himself blew the mouth harp on five out of the six Jimmie Rodgers tunes. While later recordings can and do speak volumes about his personal tribulations and the human condition in general, these early sides are the keystone of Lefty Frizzell's recorded legacy.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/24/2005
Label: Asv Living Era
UPC: 0743625554625
catalogNumber: 5546

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lefty Frizzell   Primary Artist
Johnny Gimble   Violin
Curly Chalker   Dobro
Buddy Griffin   Rhythm Guitar
Roy Nichols   Guitar
Tommy Perkins   Drums
Wayne Raney   Harmonica
Fred Cantu   Drums
Harold Carmack   Piano
Jimmie Curtis   Steel Guitar
Jimmy Rollins   Guitar
Jerry Rowley   Violin
Norman Stevens   Guitar
Pee Wee Stewart   Violin
Bobby Williamson   Double Bass
Paul Blunt   Steel Guitar
Eddie Caldwell   Violin
Chubby Crank   Drums
Jimmy Dennis   Drums
Eddie Duncan   Double Bass
Artie Glenn   Double Bass
Jimmy Kelly   Steel Guitar
George McCoy   Steel Guitar
Pee Wee Reid   Double Bass
Evelyn Rowley   Piano
Lum York   Double Bass
Jack Youngblood   Violin
Bill Callahan   Double Bass
Ernie Harvey   Steel Guitar
Lou Millet   Rhythm Guitar
William Orville "Lefty" Frizzell   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
C.B. White   Steel Guitar
Joe Knight   Rhythm Guitar
Madge Suttee   Piano

Technical Credits

Lefty Frizzell   Composer
Ray Price   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Onie Wheeler   Composer
Shelly Lee Alley   Composer
Jimmy Beck   Composer
Brian Golbey   Liner Notes
Blackie Crawford   Composer
Mark Ranshaw   Artwork
Elsie McWilliams   Composer
Leslie Lyle   Composer
Loys Sutherland   Composer
Tony Lee   Composer
Jim Beck   Composer
Sarah Burton   Composer
Aubrey Freeman   Composer

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