began his career in music as a teenager, accompanying and performing alongside his older brother, music legend William “Lefty” Frizzell. In 1981 he recorded his first number-one country hit, “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma,” a duet with Shelly West. In 1982, David hit number one on the country charts with his solo single, “I’m Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home,” which was nominated for Song of the Year at the 1982 Grammy Awards. He continues to record and perform at venues around the world to this day.
“I can’t think of anyone better to tell the story of my friend, Lefty Frizzell, than his little brother, David, who is also one of the best country singers in his own right. The first song that I learned to sing when I started singing was ‘Mom and Dad’s Waltz.’ He will always be one of the greatest country singers that ever lived. David, I love you and thank you for telling Lefty’s story.”
—Loretta Lynn, country music legend
“I Love You a Thousand Ways is an extraordinary personal account of one of the most historic eras in country music. It’s both a fascinating and detailed recollection of heartbreak and success, and a look at what it took to come from having nothing to having it all. The Lefty Frizzell influence can still be heard in today’s music. Well done, David Frizzell! Movies are made of great stories such as this one.”
—Charlie Chase, national television and radio host, Crook & Chase
“A ‘must-read’ for true traditional country music fans—or for anyone who seeks a good read. David has offered up a warm and compelling tribute to his brother, Lefty. And it is a tribute to my good friend David for capturing the voice of simpler times, and for doing such a superlative job in putting into words a ‘snapshot’ of yesteryear. My dad and Lefty, in the days David so creatively reconstructs, were at the top of their respective games. They toured together, they traveled together, they ate together, they drank together, they lived together and, between them, at one point they dominated the charts together. This book is as close as you will ever get to being a fly on the wall of our earliest superstars when they didn’t know they were, and when their everyday existence permeated their music, their lives, and their creative muses. You’re gonna love it!”
—Jett Williams, country music star and daughter of Hank Williams, Sr.
“I’m reading your book, I Love You a Thousand Ways, and can honestly say that I can’t put it down! I have never read a book based on the life of one of our entertainers that is stronger or more enjoyable than this. Sure, it has its super-sad moments, but that’s what adds to the value! It’s honest, and it’s real! If I can help in any way in promoting this work of art, just let me know. You have my full endorsement and support. It will be an honor.”
—Bill Mack, Country Music Hall of Fame DJ and XM and SIRIUS radio host, Willie’s Place
“Thanks for the bio on Lefty. It reads well, David—and tells it like it really was. I enjoy talking about Lefty. He was a real good buddy. I just loved him so much. He’s the kind of feller you’d want in your foxhole. You’d know you could count on him when the bullets started flying. We had many great times together.”
—Mel Tillis, country music legend
“The Frizzell family name is one of the most revered in the history of country music. David Frizzell has given us a glimpse into the family circle, and it’s an honored place to be.”
—Marty Stuart, country music star
“I Love You a Thousand Ways is one of the most heartfelt books I have read because it is written from one brother’s love for another brother. And I should know something about brotherly love. This book is open, honest and innocent about the triumphs and struggles of a talented man and his music, a man and a family who made and is still making an impact on country music today. When you start reading this book you will not want to put it down, it is written with love and admiration in every word. I loved it a thousand ways and I know you will too.
—Jimmy Fortune, formerly of The Statler Brothers