"Boots" Songwriter Lee Hazelwood Dies
August 6, 2007 at 5:24 PM (PT)
Singer/songwriter LEE HAZELWOOD, best known for writing NANCY SINATRA's smash hit, "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'," died of kidney cancer in LAS VEGAS last SATURDAY (8/4). He was 78.
Born in OKLAHOMA, HAZELWOOD began his musical career as a disc jockey in Arizona in 1953. His music career started three years later, when he hit the top 10 writing "The Fool." He also worked with DUANE EDDY. In 1963, he released his own solo album, "Trouble Is A Lonesome Town," but his career really took off when he started working with SINATRA; HAZELWOOD wrote and produced nine albums witK FRANKS SINATRA's daughter.
HAZELWOOD then moved to SWEDEN and receded from the public eye, but he started releasing more records in the '70s and became something of a cult figure in the '90s, having worked with bands such as MEDGADETH, NICK CAVE, VANILLA FUDGE and jazz guitarist GABOR SZABO. His last solo album, "Cake Or Death," was released last year.
HAZELWOOD is survived by his wife JEANE, son MARK, and daughters, DEBBIE and SAMANTHA.