He toured with his brother throughout the 1950s and 1960s and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He signed with Columbia Records in 1970 and finally achieved solo success, placing the single "I Just Can't Help Believing" on the Billboard top-40 country charts. Frizzell appeared regularly on Buck Owens' All American TV Show during the 1970s, and recorded for Capitol Records. In 1981, he recorded his first number-one country hit, "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma," a duet with Shelly West.
The song won the Country Music Association's "Song of the Year" and "Vocal Duet of the Year" awards in 1981 and was featured in Clint Eastwood's film Any Which Way You Can. Frizzell and West also won the Academy of Country Music award for "Vocal Duo of the Year" in 1981 and 1982. In 1982, Frizzell hit number-one on the country charts with the solo single, "I'm Gonna Hire a Wino (to Decorate Our Home)", which was nominated for Song of the Year in the 1982 Grammy Awards. He continued to tour and record with West until 1986. After he parted ways with Shelly West, Frizzell continued to record solo albums, but he has not kept up the phenomenal popularity he commanded during the early 1980s. He is currently touring and working on a television tribute to his late brother, Lefty Frizzell. Read more on Last.fm.
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