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Classic Rewind: Lefty Frizzell – ‘Saginaw, Michigan’

A rather short version of one of Lefty’s biggest hits:

The studio version of the full song is here:

The songwriter Don Wayne died on 12 September.

3 responses to “Classic Rewind: Lefty Frizzell – ‘Saginaw, Michigan’

  1. Ken Johnson September 17, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Don Wayne wrote most of this song but became puzzled for an idea of how to conclude the story. Bill Anderson provided the great “twist” of having the young man deceive his future father-in-law with a made-up story of discovering the gold and then selling him the worthless claim. Originally Bill planned to record the song himself and passed on receiving a writer’s credit. Unfortunately for Bill he did not have time to record the song at his next recording session so Lefty Frizzell recorded it and made the song into a #1 hit.

    In a rare act of Nashville generosity Don Wayne added Bill’s name to the copyright after the fact giving Bill a percentage of the song. The very first pressings of Lefty’s single did not contain Bill’s name so many folks did not believe that Bill was indeed the co-writer. Later single pressings and album releases all included Bill’s co-writing credit.

    Don went on to write Cal Smith’s award-winning 1974 hit “Country Bumpkin.”

    Don Wayne passed away at the age of 78 on September 12. So long Country Bumpkin.

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