When you think about the history of country music, it’s easy to forget about the OGs who originally laid the foundation for the genre.
One of those guys?
The man was one of the most influential singer/songwriters of country music, and has often been dubbed as the “original Elvis.”
Frizzell passed away at the young age of 47 back in 1975, and in tribute to the groundwork he developed for country music, Extrovert Entertainment made a deal with Frizzell’s family to create a documentary and biopic about his life.
His hit songs include “I Love You A Thousand Ways,” “If You’ve Got the Money,” “Saginaw Michigan,” and “Long Black Veil,” which was later recorded by Johnny Cash.
According to Deadline, M. Douglas Silverstein, the founder of Extrovert Entertainment, discussed how the documentary will include Frizzell’s unique performances:
“Lefty is often referred to as the original Elvis, from the way he moved on stage, his legendary stage clothes, and how his good looks and voice made women swoon but beyond his talent is a fascinating story worthy of both a documentary and biopic.
I’m thrilled to be working directly with the Frizzell’s to show the world the full legacy of Lefty Frizzell from the man, the many myths, and the wonderful music he created!
People talked about Lefty and Hank, Hank and Lefty. Time has not been generous to Lefty’s name in the way it should be. Lefty will get his rightful place in history.”
Marlon, Lefty’s son, added:
“We are so honored to be working as a family to make these films happen. Lefty was one of the most influential singers you’ve never really heard of unless you were a hardcore country music fan.
However, his music reached so many and influenced so many outside of the country music genre, including Elvis and Roy Orbison.”
The nonfiction documentary will come first, followed by the fictionalized biopic version, and while Silverstein may have a few ideas, a lead actor has not yet been named.
Silverstein is also calling on fans, friends and country music aficionados to submit any original Lefty materials to the documentary.
Frizzell became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1951, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, and the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.
You love to see it, ol’ Lefty getting the recognition that has been long overdue.