Yesterday Stereogum posted a track off the upcoming Lee Hazelwood album Cake or Death. More importantly, for me, they shed the sad news of Lee Hazelwood’s reported diagnosis of terminal renal cancer. My fandom, while only a few years old, runs deep. The man is an icon.Founder of the so-called ‘Saccharine Underground,’ Lee’s contribution to the cowboy -psych movement is undeniable. A pioneer in sound, production and the re-defining of what a duet could be, the man truly made waves. As if his own body of work is not evidence enough, have a look at the stable of artists who have covered his canon over the years, e.g Total Lee! The Songs of Lee Hazlewood featuring Jarvis Cocker, Lambchop , Erlend Oye, Richard Hawley, and Calexico among others. Hell, just this past week I posted Dean and Britta’s cover of Lee Hazelwood’s duet with Ann-Margret “You Turned My Head Around” off their upcoming album Back Numbers.

Below is Lee and Nancy Sinatra’s signature duet “Some Velvet Morning” along with their “I’ve Been Down So Long.” Also: two tracks culled from the 2002 Total Lee! The Songs of Lee Hazlewood compilation. Hazelwood’s wry lyrics on “I’m Glad I Never” could not be better suited for Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner.

MP3: Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra :: Some Velvet Morning
MP3: Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra :: I’ve Been Down So Long
MP4: Lambchop :: I’m Glad I Never (via sendspace)
MP4: Jarvis Cocker and Richard Hawley :: The Cheat (via sendspace)
Amazon: Lee Hazelwood – Cake or Death (released January 23rd)

Amazon: Total Lee! The Songs of Lee Hazlewood
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