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Lee Hazlewood: Cake or Death

Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2007

BARTON LEE Hazlewood remains the cult artist's cult artist, an American maverick who's operated by his own supremely offbeat rules ever since producing Sanford Clark's Top 10 hit 'The Fool' over half a century ago. Hazlewood has written some of the strangest, most lugubriously despairing songs in the history of pop – not least 'Some Velvet Morning', the myth-suffused duet with Nancy Sinatra that followed in the wake of her chart-topping 'These Boots Were Made For Walking' and undoubtedly the oddest slice of MOR psychedelia ever to grace the US charts.

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