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    Tue, 07 Aug 2007 09:17:42

    Songwriter/Producer Lee Hazlewood Dies at 78 - Nancy Sinatra collaborator was best known for "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'"

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    Lee Hazlewood passed away in his Nevada home on Saturday, succumbing after a two-year battle with renal cancer. The songwriter/producer was best known as a collaborator with Nancy Sinatra, working alongside her on nine Top 40 singles, including "Some Velvet Morning" and the iconic "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'."

    Hazlewood's own country-tinged catalog was also influential on a bevy of contemporary artists, as indicated by a 2002 tribute album that enlisted the admiring likes of Calexico, Lambchop, Primal Scream and Jarvis Cocker. Following his cancer diagnosis, Hazlewood released his final album, Cake or Death, in 2006.

    "They dismissed him and they dismissed our records as novelty, but… a lot of other songs that were recorded at that time haven't survived, and Lee's songs have survived over decades," Sinatra told The Los Angeles Times. "To me that's the real test."

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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