In the early 1980s, Frizzell founded the musical duo of Frizzell & West with the gorgeous and gifted Shelly West, daughter of country superstar Dottie West. Their recording of “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma” made its way to Clint Eastwood, who insisted on adding the tune to the soundtrack of his forthcoming film, Any Which Way You Can… despite the fact that every major label had previously passed on the song and the duo. This vote of confidence earned Frizzell & West a contract with Warner Bros. and the wheels began to turn quickly and the song became a smash hit.
Frizzell and West became one of the most awarded acts in country music. They were voted Vocal Duo of the Year in 1981 and 1982 by the Academy of Country Music. “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma” also garnered the Country Music Association’s “Song of the Year” and “Vocal Duet of the Year awards in 1981”.
During his duet years with West, David Frizzell continued a vibrant solo career and scored a huge chart-topping hit with “I’m Gonna Hire A Wino To Decorate Our Home.” That song has become a country music standard and has been featured on CMT’s 40 Greatest Drinking Songs in Country Music coming in at #17 in the countdown. In addition to his CMA awards, David has earned numerous other awards from the Academy of Country Music, Billboard and Music City News and nominated for three Grammy’. He has been nominated for three Grammy Awards.
In 2011, David released “I Love You A Thousand Ways: The Lefty Frizzell Story”. This book is a tribute to the life and career of his older brother Lefty Frizzell. The forward was written by the great Merle Haggard and describes the turbulent life and career of one of America’s most influential voices. The book became one of CMT’s Best Music Books of the year. An audio book features David’s own emotion-filled narration can also be heard in the audio book version as well along with some of Lefty’s music. The audiobook can be purchased online by clicking here.
Recent efforts include producing the popular Frizzell and Friends series of projects that brings together some of the industry’s top performers. Guests have included Merle Haggard, Crystal Gayle, Johnny Lee, Gene Watson, Joe Stampley, Jeannie Seely, T. Graham Brown, Lacy J. Dalton, Bobby Bare, Helen Cornelius, Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers to name just a few.
Additionally, David Frizzell spearheaded a very special project for the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation, a charitable organization focused on musical education. The result of this effort was a 21 track musical collection (including a DVD) that pays homage to the musical genius of Buddy Holly. The collection includes cuts from David along with Merle Haggard, Helen Cornelius, Jimmy Fortune, T. Graham Brown and Sonny Curtis and was released on Buddy Holly’s 78th birthday on September 7th of 2014.
David Frizzell stops in the museum regularly to visit when he and wife Jo are in town. But these days they are on the road a lot of the time singing and performing across the nation. You can catch up with them and keep up with his appearances by following him on Facebook or by checking out his website at DavidFrizzell.com