Lefty Frizzell was born March 31, 1928
in Corsicana, he died in Godlettsville, Tennessee July 19, 1975 and
is buried in Nashville. His museum contains some furniture from his first home, his watch, lots of his music, photographs and posters,
most donated by his father, Mr. Naamon Frizzell. Other exhibits in the museum include the B. Jeff Stone, Ralph Spicer, the Famous Hank
Thompson Jacket, a 1920's record player and radio. Other Country Western Music Artist photographs and music. This building was
donated by Jo and Ernest Walker. Charles Walpole, David Johnston, Hugh Parrish, Billy Ray Cobb, Todspd Marr, Gilbert H. and Steven
Sutherlin, Beryl Prestidge, Wally Palma, Montgomery Electric, McCoy's Building Supply and Ken Stone renovated the house and made
the Lefty Museum.
Pioneer Village museum honors music legend Frizzell
By RUTH THOMPSON/Daily Sun Staff
This photograph of Lefty Frizzell is on display at the museum bearing his name at Pioneer
Village. The museum contains not only Frizzell memorabilia, but also other items from other country western stars. Daily
Sun photo/KIRK SIDES
"If you got the money, I've got the time ... " -- sung by Lefty Frizzell in the late 1940s.
The Lefty Frizzell Museum at Pioneer Village not only features Lefty Frizzell but almost all the country
western stars from that time period originally from Texas. This memorial is filled with all things country. Lefty's well-known
costumes and boots designed by Nudies Western Tailor are featured prominently behind glass cases along the walls in the first room.
Along with his costumes there are photographs of Frizzell with his wife, furnishings from Frizzell's
first home, original song manuscripts in his handwriting, sheet music, records and "Tootsie's Orchid Lounge" where all the
singers ate. Other exhibits in the museum include numerous country western stars' photographs and music, a jacket worn by Hank
Thompson, Ralph Spicer items, and a B. Jeff Stone, formally of Nashville, local recording artist exhibit.
The Lefty Frizzell Museum is a shotgun house reminiscent of the house Frizzell was born in March 31, 1928
in Tucker Town (an oil boom town located a few miles southeast of Corsicana). Frizzell's father, Naamon Frizzell, said Frizzell was
always proud to mention he was born in Corsicana, even though he didn't live here very long. Frizzell died July 19, 1975 in
Goodlettsville, Tenn. and is buried in Nashville.
Frizzell's father, Naamon Frizzell, donated most items and his friend Ralph Spicer donated his suits and boots.
Ruth Thompson may be contacted via e-mail at email@example.com.
Austin Fox 7 cameraman Dave Salm collected
footage from the Lefty Frizzel museum at Pioneer Village Friday.
Daily Sun photo/KIRK SIDES
museum draws FOX 7
By JOAN SHERROUSE/Daily Sun Staff
It started Friday morning when a man called
Pioneer Village asking about the "Lefty Frizzy" museum.
By noon, it was over, and KTBC Fox 7
newsman Dave Salm had left with a video tape of the museum and a
new-found appreciation for Corsicana's own legendary country music
"Liz Gillispie was here, and she asked him
if he was talking about the Lefty Frizzel Museum," said Ines
Waggoner who was filling in for Village director Bobbie Young. "She
made sure he knew how to spell it before he left."
She said the Austin TV station airs a
segment about day trips, and somebody had heard about Corsicana's
famous local museum, so Salm decided it was worth a stopover to see
"He said they had been going down south --
the other direction -- and now they're coming back up this way,"
Bobby Fluker rushed over to the Village
when he got wind of the out-of-town visitor, but even though he
missed the filming, he was pleased to brag about the museum and talk
about his favorite singer.
"You know, Lefty's going to be inducted
into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in August in Carthage," he
said. "Most of what we have out here of Lefty's came from a friend
of his, Ralph Spicer."
The most recent acquisition is a pair of
the pace-setting performer's boots to go along with a fancy,
heavily-fringed stage outfit.
The museum forms a centerpiece for the
park's many authentic log houses filled with family treasures, the
newly-refurbished stage coach and its impressive historical
Waggoner said she is not sure when the
segment will be shown, but she hopes it will tempt country music
fans to visit and see the real thing.
Tourism is down, she admitted, a victim of
tight economic times even though stay-as-long as-you-like prices are
only $2 for adults, $1 for students and 50 cents for kids.
Salm did promise her a copy of the finished
tape, though, with Lefty's name pronounced correctly
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