Fans have played tribute to songwriter-producer Lee Hazlewood, who died on Saturday (August 4).
Brad Edwards from Adelaide in Australia said: “His darkest moments would sit comfortably amongst those that have come to embrace him over the years, whether it be Jarvis, Nick Cave, Sonic Youth, Tindersticks or Primal Scream.”
Rick Kirkendall from Las Vegas commented that “he was never a mainstream star because he took a rebel stance, and for that you have to have a respect for him”.
Meanwhile Paul Smith from Rugby wrote to say: “For those of us lucky enough to have been touched by his talent during his lifetime, it’s a time to reflect on the contribution of a true musical maverick.
“For those for whom news of his death has given them their first encounter with the name Lee Hazlewood, his legacy lies waiting to be discovered…”
Graham Moynes from Dublin remarked that he had “the perfect gritty cowboy voice that conjured up images of lonesome deserts, coyotes and a man who lived by his own rules…(He) had real soul”.
Sofi Papamarko said: “Very few songwriters have ever broken and battered my heart and given me chills down my spine and made me laugh out loud, all in the span of a single song. He was a genius. Here’s hoping that some good will come of his death; that more people discover the man’s wonderful music.”
The fans follow musicians’ tributes that have been coming into NME.COM. Jarvis Cocker said: “He was a fantastic songwriter & producer & storyteller.”
Meanwhile, Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie described Hazlewood as “a motherfucker of a songwriter and a great producer too”.
Meanwhile Richard Hawley, a close friend, said: “Ironically Lee Hazlewood was overlooked in his life but we’ll desperately miss him a lot more than we realise.”
A full obituary is on NME.COM [url=https://www.nme.com/news/lee-hazlewood/30133]now.
Meanwhile send your memories and tributes for Hazlewood to firstname.lastname@example.org with Lee as the subject and we’ll print the best.