Kinky Friedman

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Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Richard Friedman, 31 October 1944, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Friedman, a Jew in Texas, remarks, ‘Cowboys and Jews have a common bond. They are the only two groups to wear their hats indoors and attach a certain importance to it.’ Friedman, whose father was a university lecturer, first recorded as part of the surfing band King Arthur And The Carrots, in 1966. One of the Carrots, Jeff Shelby, became Little Jewford Shelby in Friedman’s band, the Texas Jewboys, the name satirizing Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys. Chuck Glaser of the Glaser Brothers took him to Nashville for his first album, 1973’s Sold American. The title song combined the qualities of Ralph McTell’s ‘Streets Of London’ with Phil Ochs’ ‘Chords Of Fame’, and has been recorded by Glen Campbell and Tompall Glaser, the latter version being co-produced by Friedman. His Jewish upbringing and culture was reinforced in songs such as ‘We Refuse The Right To...

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