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Oct. 22: Let’s hear it for Lefty Frizzell, a great singer-songwriter who possessed one of the most distinctive voices in country music. He hit the ground running when he began recording in 1950 — his first disc was a doulbe-sided No. 1. “Always Late (With Your Kisses)” was the A-side of his fourth single, released in September 1951. It, too, would top the Billboard charts.

Frizzell’s final appearance in the studio was 35 years ago today. Less than a year later, he’d be dead of a massive stroke at age 47. Learn more about him and all the artists he influenced at Allmusic.com and at his Country Music Hall of Fame profile page.

This date also is the birthday of the late steel guitar legend Curly Chalker, who was in the Jim Beck studio in Dallas on May 24, 1951, to kick off “Always Late (With Your Kisses)”

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