1928 - 1975
Born William Orville Frizzell, March 31, 1928 in Corsicana Texas, "Lefty" got a young start when he appeared on a local radio station in El Dorado, Texas. By the time he was a teenager, he was an accomplished performer but was torn between his love for music and his love for boxing. Word is, that it was his powerful left hook that brought on his nickname.
He was working at a night club in west Texas when a friend asked him to go somewhere. Lefty replied "If you've got the money, I've got the time". Inspiration hit, as Lefty thought this would be a great idea for a song. It was in 1950 that his demo recording of "If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time", won him a contract with Columbia Records, and that tune became his first hit.
Between 1950 and 1975, Lefty scored with 39 songs on the country charts. 17 top tens and 6 number ones. Some of his best remembered tunes include "I Love You A Thousand Ways", "Always Late", "Mom and Dad's Waltz", "Saginaw Michigan" and the aforementioned "If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time".
We lost Lefty due to a stroke on July 19, 1975.
Lefty was elected into the Country Music Association Hall of Fame in 1982